I like to make an outfit every year for this special day. Last year I made one, and had my own tea party because I wasn't well enough to attend the day (you can read about it here). This year I wasn't really sure if I'd be going, but I thought I'd make a dress anyway.
I had recently purchased some amazing vintage rayon fabric, and some of it was pink with the best novelty print of ladies wearing fabulous hats.
I had also recently received some reproduction patterns from Eva Dress (if you haven't looked at their website, you should!). This dress pattern seemed like just the thing to wear on a hot summer's day.
My fabric, being vintage, was narrow, and by the yardage chart on the pattern, I didn't have enough, but only just. Sigh! I started out by laying my fabric out on the floor and seeing if I could make the pattern pieces fit.
Its like a giant jigsaw puzzle! It took me quite a few goes to find something that worked. I even tried the layouts included with the pattern - and I never do that! I eventually found the winning combination, and it meant having a seam in the sleeve. And I couldn't match the pattern either, so I just hoped that the fullness would hide it all.
Construction of this dress is so amazingly straight-forward! Almost too simple - and I started to worry that without darts at the waist, it would look like a potato sack.
But the response on my facebook page was to trust the pattern and keep going. Apparently a lot of 40s dresses look like sacks on hangers but look magical on. I own lots - how had I never noticed!!! And worst comes to worst I could add darts in when it was all finished anyway...
The last big decision was the bow.
To bow or not to bow. That was the question.
The dress sat on my headless helper for a good week and a half while I tried to make a decision. Eventually I realised that it was part of the pattern for a reason, so I should make it and pin it on and then see what I thought.
The decision was a resounding YES! Without it the dress seemed unfinished, but with it, it sang.
So I finished off the hand sewing and wore it to the cricket!
Steve is a member of the SCG IX, which is a special club within a club for members that play cricket for the SCG. Each year we have a special area - and this year it was a fabulous white summerhouse with a view of a big screen and right by a bar. The only thing it was missing was a jacuzzi!!! It was a lovely place to sit, and I felt lovely and glamorous all day!
Yes, I did actually watch some cricket... I didn't just socialise.
Its lovely to see so many people get involved for this cause too - I didn't see one person NOT wearing pink, and so many people go to a great deal of effort with their outfits. I met the son of a friend who was really my kind of person - I mean, just look at his hat!
I had a great day, and this dress ticked all the boxes - pretty and elegant, easy to sew, and comfortable to wear. I can see at least two more of these in my future!
How about you? Tempted to sew yourself one?