I had initially planned on using a fabric I'd spotted that had glittery Christmas donuts on it, but by the time I went back, it was all sold out. So my mother and Husband voted for a black fabric with peppermint chevrons on it.
I dithered about patterns for awhile, because I was picturing something rather slim-skirted in my head, but non of my period patterns seemed right. I tried a mock-up of a Janet Arnold pattern for this dress from 1938:
I have no idea what I did wrong, but it was singularly unattractive.
What the heck is that collar doing?
So I pulled out my trusty 1940 Evening Gown from Vintage Pattern Lending Library and decided to go with that. I had to take some of the volume out of the skirt, as I had only three yards of fabric, but I still managed to make it full length. And as seen above, slimmer skirts were perfectly appropriate.
You can see how much slimmer I made it.
The last time I made this pattern up, I used the bodice only, so I had to make a full mockup to make sure it fit over my not-insignificant hips. I almost started over during the mockup fitting, because I wasn't sure I liked it.
But I decided to keep going and almost everything went together smoothly after that. Almost. When I laid out the pattern to cut the peppermint fabric, I could not remotely get the pattern to match up on the seams.
I gave up and just cut the thing out anyway.
I wasn't too concerned about the side seams, but of course this dress had seams down the center front and back. The best solution I could come up with was to cover the seam with some red ribbon. The pattern still didn't match, but it looked a little less jarring. A cute bow at the top, and voila, I'm a present! Oh, and I inserted a lapped zipper, but this one would not lay flat, so I traded it out for an invisible one.
Not my best, but it will do.
Facing and straps
The Challenge: Modern History
Fabric: Quilting cotton
Pattern: VPLL F3680
Notions: 3/8 in red grosgrain, black invisible zipper
How historically accurate is it? The fabric is 100% cotton,and the pattern is period. But there is a little serging on the inside, and the zipper is plastic.
Hours to complete: (Makes jazz hands and shuffles out of frame)
First worn: Should be this Saturday!Total cost: $35ish
And the result:
Still looks a bit wonky
Has a nice shape though
Evie decided to join me