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.
How to Grade, Draft, Design, and Sew Leggings with Meg!
30 select jacket and coat patterns are now marked down to $3.99.
Pattern of the Week
The wrap shape creates a flattering V neckline and looks good on every body type!
Learn why every seamstress can benefit from flat patternmaking from instructor Deborah Moebes.
Go far afield in wrap dresses, detailed jackets, and comfy separates for fall.
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.