|McCall's 5781, from 1961. Originally intended for or owned by Crystal Hayden. Funny, since my parents were originally going to name me Crystal.|
|"Ta da! What do you think?"|
After all the cutting and sewing and trimming was done, I proudly wore my new dress out into the living room to show my husband, to which he said, "Ummm...it looks like the Pan-Am flight attendant uniform." Friends, I accidentally made another costume. Okay, it was my own fault for making up a 60s pattern in blue with white trim, but still! So much for trying to make a more autumn-y dress. My husband's unfortunate first reaction did, however, inspire me to, in a fit of pique, whip up a quick Pan-Am-esque pillbox hat to complete my outfit. It really would've been better if I had white piping instead of peasly 1/4" white ribbon, but if this were actually a costume, it would suffice. As it is, I am actually inspired to try making an actual hat. Yikes. Like I need any more crafty things to do. Anyway, here's my accidental-flight-attendant-costume-that-was-meant-to-be-a-pin-up-style-wiggle-dress-except-that-I-don't-have-a-butt-to-fill-it-out.
|Welcome aboard! Can I get you a barf bag?|
|Oh look! A plane is coming!|
|I really do love the look of the back with the V and bow.|
|Attempt to smile coyly just feels ridiculous.|
|Attempt to make use of kick pleat just results in tangling my heel in the sheet.|
Fabric: Thrifted not-quite-navy-blue bedsheet (it was way more difficult than it needed to be trying to find a matching zipper and thread) made of 50% polyester 50% cotton, white cotton for the collar and bow
Notions: Pin for the bow, another pin for the button on the collar, white satin ribbon for the trim, zipper, interfacing for the hat, another button for the hat.
|A close-up of the back details. The bow is removable.|
|Gosh, the hat looks pretty bad close-up. I really love this button I found for the collar of the dress, though.|
|Inside of the hat; underside of the pin (just hot glue on the back of the button)|
Hours: Hard to say, since I split this up over a couple weeks. It didn't feel any longer than any of my other dresses, though; if anything it took less time since it's unlined. I'm guessing six hours?
Techniques used: My first lapped side zipper, handpicked. Gertie's tutorial was extremely useful.
|My handpicking gets neater every time!|
|I actually still need to finish the waist seam.|
Final thoughts: I do like this dress; I think it still works for fall and winter, but the bunching at the shoulders of kimono sleeves definitely takes some getting used to. It's pretty comfortable and doesn't wrinkle too much since it's made from a bedsheet. I don't know if I really achieved the pin-up girl style, but my husband thought it was an incredibly hot outfit, flight attendant notwithstanding. And that's good enough for me!
During the whole time I was trying to take pictures, Walnut kept snuffling around under/behind the sheet I draped over the bookcase. I had to keep watching out to make sure I didn't step on his tail with a stiletto! So as "punishment," I made him wear the little hat.
|Noooo I can't believe you're making me wear this!!|
|Oh the shame.|