Finally, I turned to a 1920's pattern that I mocked up previously from The Cut of Women's Clothes. It's actually a 1924 day dress, but I cut it off at the hip to make a blouse. The only other alterations I made were to add a waistband and change the collar. The original pattern had a large dramatic collar that took up most of the top. I liked in on the mockup, but didn't care for it in the fabric I used. Instead I made a simple long scarf collar that I could tie at the bottom of the neckline.
The main fabric was purchased several years ago at a very special sale. Several friends of mine (and myself too at various times) worked at a nearby theme park. Their costume shop decided to hold a sale to get rid of some of their excess materials and costumes. Costume shop employees could bring a guest to the sale, and my best friend was working there at the time. I came home with a lot of great stuff, and a lot of stuff that has just sat in my sewing room since. I bought an entire roll (8-10 yards?) of drapey blue fabric with circles on it for $5. Not sure what I intended it for at the time, but it has come in handy for mocking up garments that would be finished in silk or chiffon. I don't really love the pattern anymore, but I thought I might dye it into something subtler. I normally just guesstimate the amount I spend on each project, but given the parameters of this challenge, I had to count much more closely. Since I needed barely two yards for the blouse, and I was able to use scraps from other projects for interfacing the cuffs and waistband, I could spare the money for some purple dye. Truth be told, I wanted blue, but the store was out.
The original collar that I didn't like.
I was really happy with the way the color turned out, and the blouse went together pretty smoothly after that. I French seamed most of the garment, with just a couple of seams overlocked with my serger. Towards the end, the fabric got a bit temperamental and starting pulling; hopefully it won't be noticeable.
The Challenge: Under $10
Fabric: No idea of the fiber content; probably a poly or rayon.
Pattern: 1924 day dress, The Cut of Women's Clothes
How historically accurate is it? About half and half. The pattern is a period pattern that I sized up, but the fabric is synthetic. I also used my serger on a few seams.
Hours to complete: 6 hours maybe
First worn: Not yet, except to model.Total cost: About $8
And the finished product:
Hiding under the overhang on the porch.
Because of course it's raining on the day I wanted to take pictures.
And the back, with my faux-bob fallen down.