You all may recall this post from several weeks ago where I talked about planning some Sailor Dresses for our singing gig down in Mobile, AL. Well, we finally have managed to capture up-close pictures of the finished outfits to share with you all! YAY! So come on out to the seven sewing seas with me, and let’s take a look at our Sailor Dresses for 2015.
The dress is made out of a Navy blue cotton sateen from Organic Cotton Plus. The fabric may seem expensive at first (approx. $10 per yd), but let me tell you, it is SOOO worth it! This fabric is SO very nice to work with, hardly wrinkles, and the quality is positively amazing. The pattern we used for the dress is Butterick B5846, with some slight modifications. I altered the neckline to be a v-neck, instead of having the shirt-waist collar, and drafted a sailor collar. The pattern for the sleeves is actually from Vintage Vogue V8767, as it is our favorite 1930s/40s sleeve pattern, and we just weren’t liking the straight, slightly puffy sleeve that was originally a part of the design of B5846. As far as length goes, we went right in between View B and View C. The skirt is lined in some navy blue lining we picked up at a sale a while ago.
As for the hat, we ended up going with the classic sailor beret from pre-World War II. I drafted the pattern myself. 😀 The hats are made from some white Bull Denim, which thankfully has the stiffness to hold up on its own without any interfacing. The hat band and the little ribbon tail at the back are made from polyester Grosgrain ribbon. Not exactly accurate, but we were going more for appearances than accuracy. 😉
We ended up trimming each of our dresses’ collar and sleeves with braid (also from Organic Cotton Plus) according to “rank”. Jessica, since she is the eldest, has three bars, I have two since I am in the middle, and Charlotte has one, as she’s the youngest of the bunch. We were a bit worried about the color running from the sateen into the braid in the wash, but each material came out as white and blue, respectively, as could be! The one dilemma we came up with was, what to do for the front fastening??? We couldn’t possibly do buttons, oh no! So I decided that we should do a zipper down the front. I wasn’t quite sure that it was accurate for a 1940s sailor dress, until I found a picture of this pattern. Perfection! I was spot on! So a zip it was! And now, I’m rather fond of the zip front. It makes getting in and out of a dress without mussing up your hair nice and easy. Oh yes, last detail: the bow. I happened to have just enough white ribbon to cut three ribbon ties to go around each of our collars. It was serendipity, my dears! Pure serendipity. 😀
What do you think of our Sailor Dresses?
Have you ever ordered from Organic Cotton Plus?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer