Fabric: Dark teal medium-weight knit from Haberman’s $18 but used a gift card
Pattern: The bodice of Stretch & Sew 1505, self drafted the waist band and circle skirt
Year: 1979 + my medling
Notions: 2 scraps of bias tape to reinforce the shoulder seems
Time to complete: Probably 6-7 hours or so. Did it start to finish on the same day!
First worn: To work Wednesday
Wear again? Indeed!
Total price: $18 but free because of said gift card!
I rarely make a garment start to finish on the same day. Usually I do 90% of it and leave the hem or neckline finishing for another day. I started this around 4:30pm on Sunday and had it done before midnight. Plus I took about an hour or so break for dinner. It helped that I already had this pattern traced and marked up for modifications from previous uses. Also the knit needed no seem finishing, and only minimal ironing from being folded and stored. So basically I was ready to go!
This is almost exactly how I wanted this dress to turn out. I need to try taking in the side seems because it’s a little big around my waist. (Ignore my poorly tied bow, these were taken after work and it was freezing outside.) I was basically copying Zooey Deschanel’s dress from the opening theme of her show, New Girl – except in my signature cool color palette. And I’m pretty sure I was heavily influenced by Lladybird’s Slinky Red Butterick 5078.
I didn’t plan on having this dress done yet. I was going to save it for later in the year, but I got my Bowie sewing done and my 30 Makes in 30 Days was calling for a little push. So I started it to see how far I could get. Once I realized I had 60% of it done in about 2 hours it was like a compulsion to keep going and finish it all.
I also used the majority of this fabric up. There’s not enough left to do much with so it’s happily going in my scrap bin – which I basically used-up with another project for my 30 in 30. Stay tuned for that wrap-up next week!
UPDATE: So Vicki (aka Another Sewing Scientist) pinned a link to this blog, What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear? And in scrolling through that I found this teal dress…
And some of the similar dresses they found to replicate that are basically the same as mine. Especially this ModCloth one…
The sleeves?! The waist band?! And I’m like, 99% sure that’s a circle skirt! So minus the tucks at the shoulders and zipper up the back, this is my dress.