The "Eat Local" Dress
Added Mar 15, 2011
San Francisco, C...
Fabric: Fruit print Cotton from 1972 – $0.25 for 10 yards, thrifted
Patterns: Simplicity 3864, free from pattern swap!
Year: c. 1962
Notions: Invisible zipper, red piping – $.05
Time to complete: 3 1/2 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes! But I’m going to shorten it a bit first.
Total Cost: ~$0.30
With the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Mission, the Castro, Chinatown and Lombard Street (to name a few), San Francisco is not suffering in the landmarks department. However, with all of these sights, my inspiration comes from the treasure which I probably love the most about the City — it’s Farmers markets and our ability to easily eat locally, organically and well.
In keeping with my Spring Palette , the fabric is full of bold, bright and edible-worthy primary colors. In case you can’t tell from the first photograph, the red and yellow elements are cherries and strawberries. And, quite perfectly, they’re surrounded by a table-cloth worthy blue gingham. The fabric was thrifted and for about a quarter, I got ten yards! And, even better the selvedge was copyrighted with a date: 1972! I absolutely love being able to pinpoint my fabric to a year.
I received the pattern at The Sew Weekly Swap/Meet from last weekend. I don’t remember who brought this pattern to the swap, but thank you! As I said in The Facts section, I’m going to shorten the dress a couple inches. I didn’t factor in that I wouldn’t be wearing a petticoat and, as a result, is much longer than it should be. Once I get the hem length down I can see many versions of this dress in my future.
The dress was easy to construct. I didn’t start it until around 8:00am (the morning of the market) and finished it at about 11:30. I could have saved 30-45 minutes if I didn’t pipe the collar, sleeves and waistline. I’m glad I added that detail since I think it makes the dress pop.
More information can be found at my blog, The Sew Weekly.
Update: I’m hosting a giveaway where the prize is 2 1/2 yards of this same fabric.
Vintage thrifted fabric from 1972, cotton. Thrifted piping and zipper.