Added Mar 12, 2012
I have the dress, so clearly I should be a Golden Era Hollywood starlet, right? I mean, this is what a Grace Kelly or an Audrey Hepburn would wear on holiday on the Riviera, so obviously I should have everything that goes along with it – money, fancy clothes and places to wear them, handsome leading man, a penthouse on the Riviera… Unfortunately not. And that ‘beach’ was horribly smelly – we had minor flooding here last week along the river those photos were taken beside, so there was rubbish and stinky mud everywhere. Kinda ruins the attempted atmosphere.
The pattern is from Decades of Style (www.decadesofstyle.com), a dangerously good site that sells recreated vintage patterns. This pattern is th 1948 ‘Siren Sundress’. The dress is fairly straightforward, and, being a wrap dress, it’s easy to make those little changes so it fits your shape just right – I brought the bodice in and reduced the bust darts because i don’t really need the space there. I also had to shorten the straps by around 15cm because my piece of fabric was a bit small, but the were still more than long enough. The dress also has two hook and eyes at the back to keep it on and in place. In fact, the hardest thing about this dress is doing those hook and eyes up when you put it on!
Unfortunately the print can’t be properly seen in the photos, but it’s chocolate brown with small (about 1 1/2cm high) Pennsylvania Dutch women holding what look like violins.The fabric I used is quite thin, so I had to line the top, and wear a short petticoat under the skirt. Fortunately the skirt does wrap over a fair way and the skirt is relatively full, so hopefully it won’t blow open in the wind!
Finally, the shoes are glittered, a la themisslinds’ blog post, but in a Wizard of Oz/Dorothy sparkly red.
Photos taken by Ezzles.
3 metres lawn cotton
1 metre mid-weight cotton (lining)
2 hooks and eyes