Added Jul 11, 2011
Pattern: self drafted based on bodice block and NewLook 6872.
My original inspiration was a skirt I saw in the Fall 2010 at the Horrockses show in London’s Fashion and Textile museum.
I wore my dress to the races, a traditional British pastime. It was the first time I had ever been — exciting.
At first, I felt a bit like a walking seafood platter. I don’t usually wear such eccentric clothes. I was expecting reactions from people, such as: “Excuse me Miss, you have something on your shoulder. It’s a lobster.” But nothing of the sort. British people are well-mannered after all. I did get a little joke from an employee at a convenience store: “When you can’t go to the sea, you bring the sea to you.”
This was one of my most challenging projects to date. As I said before, I drafted the pattern myself, which was without a doubt the most complicated and time-consuming part of the project (to give you an idea, it took 25 hours for pattern-drafting vs. 10 hours for the actual making).
For the top, I worked from my bodice block pattern, modified to create an opening for the front, as well as lapels which were a nightmare interesting to draft. I used the sleeves of my vintage McCall’s 6749 which I also modified. For the skirt, I used NewLook 6872. I added extra-deep pockets to satisfy my latest obsession with big pockets! They are my favourite part of the dress.
And finally, the finishing touch. The labels. I was on the verge of paying $80 for custom-made labels when I discovered these for only £3.99.
Printed Cotton (purchased at Leeds market, UK)
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