I found this lightweight jaquard-weave cotton at JoAnns on the clearance rack for $2/yd almost 10 years ago. With the pretty gold metallic border and the fact that it was a natural-fiber fabric, I thought it would make the ideal Regency gown! I picked out my dream design and mulled over the idea for a couple years before I reconciled myself to the fact that the fabric was far too narrow to use for the length of an empire-waisted skirt. :-(
After that realization, I was at a loss for how to use this fabric! I eventually came across some 1950s dresses using saris and realized that vintage would be a great use of the fabric, too!
(Of course. Because vintage is always the answer. ;-))
It ended up being difficult to find a bodice design that would feature the border print without being sleeveless and without using much of the border, since I hadn't quite purchased enough for a 1950s dress! I finally came to the decision to use Vogue 1044. It required several alterations, since the original yoke line is curved and the border necessitates a straight line.
Both times I've used this pattern, I find that small darts coming down from the yoke are super helpful to get a better fit. I keep hoping I don't need that extra, fiddly detail, but it just makes such a difference!
The comfortable style and the combination of dressy yet breathable and washable fabric has cemented this dress as the Ultimate Summer Semi-Formal. It's served me well through countless weddings, dances, and is in constant rotation for church. And has been for 6 years.
It's now to the point where a striking number of the facebook pictures I'm tagged in are of me in this dress. I really do wear other dresses! Sometimes.
OK, I think it might be time to stop wearing it quite so devotedly....
This dress is always referred to as "The Sari Dress" around here but it could quite aptly be named "Old Faithful" at this point, and I truly am happy it's served me so well and for so long! I was afraid that it wouldn't wear well since the fabric is rather loosely-woven, but it's been a dream. :-)
And this was the perfect time to showcase one of my latest purchases- this charming beaded clutch!
I was in desperate need of something to fill the void in the "dressy purse" section of my wardrobe, and this fit the bill perfectly. :-) All the beads were intact, there was only the slightest staining inside, and this "could-only-be-vintage" rhinestone-accented clasp. All for just $4. :-)
Yep. I think that was four dollars rather well spent. ;-)
· Photos by Kathryn! ·