First off, I keep forgetting to thank everyone for their response to my post on the old McCall’s building a couple months ago. Thank you! It’s especially exciting to see others excited about that post, considering historic building research is my other (full-time) passion. 🙂
Speaking of forgetting (and historic buildings), here’s a dress I made the weekend before Labor Day…that I’ve continued to wear after Labor Day. You know how many random fashions there are in New York City (which is what I love about it)? I think I can get away with wearing a white dress, thank you very much! Actually, I’ve seen a number of people wearing white post-Labor Day. A bunch of rebels we’ve got going up here in the Big Apps!
I really love this fabric and how it sewed up. It’s 2 yards of sturdy double knit I bought down in Virginia on a somewhat recent trip. Even though it’s white, the fabric is thick enough that I didn’t need to line it. Perfect because who wants that if it can be avoided during the summer? Me, that’s who! I used the bodice of Vogue 8379 and the skirt and ties of Butterick 5546 in my attempt to create a classic “summer in 1950s Rome” look (AKA Roman Holiday). I’d love to do this again in a vibrant solid color.
While I was initially drawn to the fabric, I was worried that it’d be a bit much on a dress (for me, anyway). In the end, I thought a wrap dress with a collar, ties, and pleats would help break up those big dots a little. I also made the dress sleeveless, which isn’t an option on the Vogue pattern, by turning the seams in 5/8″ and top-stitching them down with my twin needle. The armholes gape a bit at the back, but I’m okay with it (I mean, at this point I have to be, right?!).
Originally I was going to make the dress using the Vogue pattern’s full skirt, but didn’t have enough fabric. Turned out for the best because I think the slim skirt looks better with the polka dots (plus, I’m not sure how well the fabric would have draped given its thickness).
I didn’t use the facing pieces for the bodice that the Vogue pattern provides. The collar is just attached to the right side of the bodice and top-stitched down with the twin needle; it was folded along with the hem for the rest of the bodice, so a bit thick to stitch over, but it didn’t give my machine any trouble. I imagine the facing piece would have resulted in a cleaner finish on the inside of the dress, but since I used white thread on white fabric it’s not so obvious.
Okay, so despite the order of photos, I first “premiered” this dress on Broadway seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch before Labor Day. The other location is a bit upstate in Kingston, NY, just off the Hudson River. We just happened upon an Irish festival during our holiday weekend visit! And we also took a boat ride on the river where we passed this little cutie, a historic “family” lighthouse. Aw!
Have a good one, all!