The ‘Rescue Me’ dress
After last week’s sewing unhappiness, I was in despair. I hated that I’d abandoned my original black and white project, adding something else to my UFO pile, and I had no idea what I wanted to make for the 1960s challenge. I don’t do a lot of ’60s sewing: the 60’s silhouettes just don’t suit my current shape. I almost considered skipping the challenge, but I really didn’t want to do that.
Still, no inspiration struck, so I pulled out my original black and white dress, so that at least I could get it done. Trying it on for a fitting, I realised that the dress is quite early 60’s in shape, with its semi-full skirt and rising hemline. And the fabulous print that first attracted me to the fabric is reminiscent of later 60s art, with its sinuous line drawings and use of positive and negative space. Salvation!
The last bits of the dress came together with ridiculous ease considering how much heartache it caused me for the black and white challenge. All I had to do was attach the skirt to the bodice, insert an invisible back zip (this dress is a Mena nightmare – it has two working zips), hem the dress and sew down the lining.
To add a final dollop of ’60s fun, I made a belt out of some rainbow striped pre-made belting I inherited from Nana. It coordinates well with the coloured birds, and adds a nice splash to the dress.
It’s a good thing the last bits of finish were so easy – I had a lot on last week: an article due for a magazine, huge amounts of prep for a talk, usual work, and a bit of fun. Mr D and I got to fly down to the South Island to visit his parents for Thanksgiving. It’s not a Kiwi holiday, but his parents have hosted it every year since we were married to make me feel at home – I truly have the most wonderful in-laws!
We took all the pictures in their beautiful back garden, with gates opening out on to a little stream, a fish pond with little fish, and bowers of roses that matched the oversized wild roses in the fabric of the dress.
Unfortunately I don’t feel as perky and summery as the pictures look. My immune system finally gave up the fight, and I’m surrounded by a litter of tissues and am fighting an infection. Just the right mood for next weeks ‘Winter’ theme ;-)
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.8m of Alexander Henry ‘Gemini’ cotton ($18 pm), .5m cotton voile for lining
Pattern: Self drafted, based off this dress (the one I’m wearing, not the wedding dress, though I made that too)
Year: early ’60s silhouette meets late ’60s inspired fabric meets 2011
Notions: Thread, one metal zip ($7.50), bias hemming, rainbow belting, metal buckle,
First worn?: Friday 23 November (Thursday in the US) for Thanksgiving dinner
Wear again?: Yeah. I don’t love it as much as I wanted to, but it’s a good summer dress-up dress.
Make again?: Nah, I’ve got patterns I like better
Total cost: $34.50
As a final bit of fun, this is me in front of the Hobbit hole themed luggage carousels at Wellington Airport. The city is getting dolled up in preparation for the Hobbit premier, with banners and bunting around town, sculptures in the movie theatres and huge displays at the airport.