Oh, the weather has been dreadful lately. I mean: no snow, no freezing streets, no real winter. We're not even below zero. And still, it's not sunny, not really warm and it's definitely not pretty. Now, me, I like pretty, I live on pretty. When it is un-pretty outside, I get sad and angry and everything seems wrong. I do honestly have a bad case of S.A.D. So to brak the vicious cycle of un-pretty, I've decided to make a dress that would be pretty and sunny and colourful. And here it is.
I chose the dress number 2 for the beautiful, vintage curtain fabric that I'd had for a year or so and knew I would need a simple pattern for, not to distort the large floral piece in the front and back. That simple trapeze dress was just what I was looking for and I was so happy to find it in a new addition to my vintage pattern stash. Alas, I had to fit the back with darts because of my scoliosis/kyphosis which causes the fabrics to wrinkle in an awkward way above my bum. So, sadly, the design in the back of the dress is hidden slightly. On the other hand, I'm happy with facings that I drafted by myself and bound with a bias tape! Also the hem is hand sewn with an invisible stitch. I decided against the white rectangular finish of the hem because I didn't want to hide any more of the fabric's design. I did sew the attatchment collar but I like a simple peter pan collar better with this dress.
The pattern came from a Polish fashion magazine from Summer 1969. It's nice to think that back then a lot of fashion magazines were including patterns for home use just because it was so hard to find ready-made garments in stores. My Mum and Granny keep telling me about those times after the war and before the independence when all the clothes they owned were sewn to measure by a tailor --not because they were posh or anything! It was simply cheaper that way. Oh, and btw., I'd recently acquired a bundle of said clothes from my Granny's wardrobe and I need to show them off to you soon.
Dress: made it myself
Fabric: thrifted, vintage
Pattern: Polish fashion magazine "Moda", Summer 1969
Coat: Troll, old
Scarf: a gift, thrifted
Shoes: Pier One via Zalando
Photos: my friend Alina