Added Feb 18, 2010
I actually finished this dress a few weeks ago, then totally forgot to post about it! This is what was originally to be a “Thanksgiving dress”, then slated for Christmas, and it did get finished before Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t wear it. This was one of the dresses on my fall sewing list, but didn’t end up quite the way I had envisioned. Originally, I was going to use a late 1930s pattern (last image), the zipper front view to be exact. However, since society has forever been jaded with the combination of the 1970s pointy collars and front zippers, the first bodice screamed 70s, rather than the 30s. Not being a 70s gal myself (at least, not of that side of the 70s; the more earthy/hippie/Laura Ashley looks I could do), I knew if I made it up as-is, I’d never, ever wear it.
Thankfully, I had enough fabric to cut out another bodice (yay for over-buying!), and used the already tried and true Sense and Sensibility swing dress pattern (www.sensibility.com). The skirt I had cut out from the original 30s pattern, but it was easy to work into the new bodice. The fabric is a nice, heavy rayon crepe that drapes beautifully and is perfect for the spate of cold weather right now. I’m actually kind of shocked I didn’t wear it until now! I think I have to be in a certain mood to wear a bright red dress, if you know what I mean? Wednesday definitely was one of those days; I needed a good injection of color as a pick-me-up!
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