Hello dears! Not very long ago you all had the pleasure of seeing a “sneak peek” of this dress in this post that was nearly left out on our list of outfit photos to take. However, thanks to a brief indian summer I was able to wear the darling ensemble one last time before the chills really set in.
Fabric: Jelly Bean by Laundry Basket Quilts / Lining: Fabric Mart Fabrics / Sphere Buttons: Vintage notion / Orange Bias Tape: Vintage notion / Orange Rickrack: Vintage notion / Mother of Pearl Belt Slide: Vintage notion / 17″ Side zipper: Joann Fabrics
So what makes the perfect 1930s dress so perfect? For starters, this was the second 30s dress of the two that I worked on this summer. Every good sewer knows that no matter how good you are the first dress is always the worst dress. Thus the importance of mockups and moulages to spare the fashion fabric from any mess-ups. However, since I didn’t have any extra material or patience at the beginning of tackling the first of these two dresses, I’ll admit that the first one has the quality of a mockup and the second, the quality of, well, the finessed product.
Another thing that makes this creation stand out from most of my dresses is the luxurious lining in skirt. Both dresses share this feature, but again the second one turned out much better. I am so glad I added that touch! I don’t care what time of year it is, I have discovered that here in Ohio, one just can’t count on a steady forecast; in the summer you might get a few chilly days, in the winter you might get a few indian summers. So it is an all around good idea to be prepared for summer hosiery with a lined skirt.
Now for the fun bits of this dress! Instead of a zipper closure in the front of the bodice like the one in my first dress, I decided to go for looped buttonholes. The main reason for this decision is due to my discovery of a little card of vintage gold sphere buttons in our button stash, the color of which matched up perfectly with the fabric print. It was so perfect I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add them to the design of the dress! But then came the problem of what fabric to make the looped buttonholes from. Brigi suggested I use bias tape. After rummaging around for a while in all of our sewing notion stashes I came up with this pretty shade of faded orange. Yes. Orange. Orange because I wanted to be a little more daring in my color scheme. Orange because Fall was right around the corner. And orange because I wanted to trim the sleeves, collar and belt in rickrack which came in a richer shade of the color we’re speaking of.
With the help of all of that color and texture, the less than exciting print of the fabric came alive as I continued to sew the dress! It was rather exciting to see it transform like that, and in the end I was extremely satisfied and happy with how the colors complimented each other. Now I just had to wear it…
Oh yeah… Wearing my perfect 30s dress came with a price. I’ll tell you the story:
I finished the dress just in time for us to take a weekend trip to go see some friends of ours. The dress was packed up with everything else, to be worn that Sunday. I put it on for the first time Sunday morning, (I have never done that before, and highly recommend you don’t adopt this practice for fear of terrible end results in the garment you might have missed and can’t possibly fix when miles away from your sewing room) and wonder of wonders, there was nothing lacking in the dress! And that’s why I say it’s perfect, because it was!
I wore it with much glee to Church, and everything was just dandy. The fit was perfect, the belt was snug, and it just felt so fresh and new! And not wanting to change out of such a nice (practical I might add) garment, I wore it to the lovely park our friends took us to that afternoon for a picnic lunch. I was still enjoying the clean feeling of my new dress when we (the young people of the party) decided to wade down the creek we were picnicking next to…
That is when disaster struck. We waded down about a hundred feet, over slippery algae-covered stones, before we decided to explore another part of the park. Just as I was making my way out, I took a precarious step onto an extra slippery rock and my fate was sealed. Down I went with a sploosh! New dress and all, I found myself flat on my back laid out over the super slimy rock, soaked through with creek water! The funniest part is that I NEVER fall in creeks, but for one reason or another, it was my destiny to get a good drenching in my new dress, complete with two rather large algae stains on the rear and shoulder. Joy.
The weirdest part is that I didn’t hurt myself in the least going down! And I don’t even remember my foot ever touching the rock; I just kind of gracefully slipped onto my back! Strange, to say the very least.
Now, you might think that I would have sat there and bawled my head off at the prospect that my dress in all its new glory was somewhat ruined (for the day). But I didn’t. Actually, when I had spat all the creek water out of my mouth and as I tried again to climb onto the bank, all I could do was laugh! I felt foolish yes, but I also felt really good after that drenching! I wasn’t the slightest bit injured, and the warm day suddenly felt nice to me in my cool wet dress! Thankfully there were towels back at the picnic table, so I dried off as best I could before I went off with the girls and our friends to continue our explorations. Oh! What a day that was to be sure!
Do you like my perfect 30s dress?
Have you ever fallen in a creek or ruined a new dress?
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer
P.S. Our kind friends let me use a stain solution, so whenever I got home, the stain came out just fine. The dress was saved. 🙂