The “Make Do” Cocktail Dress
Fabric: Printed crepe, thrifted – $1
Pattern: Simplicity (I forgot the pattern number)
Year: early 1960s
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: November 2012
Wear again? Yes
It’s been so long that I posted that I’ve forgotten what to write! So, once again I’ll be fairly brief.
This week’s challenge coincided with a trip I took to Las Vegas. Since Las Vegas is the perfect setting for a 1960s cocktail dress, I just knew the sort of silhouette I wanted to make. The only problem is that since I’ve moved (yes, I finally moved! Yes, I packed up my sewing room and donated about 300 pounds of sewing and crafting material!), I only brought two boxes of sewing patterns (the rest went into storage). And although, I only brought along patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, an early 1960s pattern slipped into the mix.
Right now I’m away from my apartment so I don’t have the actual pattern number. Picture the standard 1960s slim-fitting, darted shift dress with a flounce bottom. For the dress, I used a crepe I had thrifted quite some time ago. Originally, I had planned to use this fabric for a 1940s style day dress. But since I also don’t have much of my fabric at my disposal, it had to do for this one.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the results. I only wish the other ladies in Vegas tended to cover up as much as I did. Classic fashion really needs to come back. Please.