Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The one day dress

This dress was a spur of the moment project - I was looking at patterns at Joanns, and found this one, (Simplicity pattern's amazing fit 1882, available at http://www.simplicity.com/p-7455-misses-amazing-fit-dresses.aspx )that looked 40's style to me. Then, when I was looking at red-tag clearance fabric, I found this fabric that looked 40's style. So, on an impulse, I bought both, brought them home, and got it all cut out. Then, it sat around for about a week, because I was working on the Princess slip. In the meantime, I found a really nice pair of pinking shears at a thrift shop. I decided to try them out on my 40's dress, since that would be a period-correct method for finishing the seams. I couldn't believe how much time it saved me to pink the seam allowances! This patterns wasn't the simplest in the world, but I made it in one day - a day that also included babysitting, shopping, and working a 4 hour shift. I'm now a really big fan of pinking - I don't know why I never tried it before. The dress didn't go together perfectly - some of my seams didn't end up lining up the way they should, but the general effect is really cute, and I really like it. Next time I make this pattern, I'm going to try to make sure my seams line up better, but other than that, it's perfect the way it is.


  1. It's really cute! I love the sailor look and would like to see it in Navy and white with gold or red accents. Good job!