|Is it unfair that it's January and 80 degrees out? The gorgeous red autumnal leaves belie the fact that it feels like summer right now.|
When I gave the Celebrational Osier Dress to Shayna, she gave me an even better gift in return: original 1977 Star Wars sheets! These are Star Wars sheets from before Episode IV was even named A New Hope. It's great to get vintage sheets that are 1) thrifted, and therefore given a new lease on life, 2) for a fandom I love (because face it, while Batman and Superman are awesome, Star Wars Episodes IV-VI were what I watched every weekend in elementary school; now they just need to make Firefly and LOTR sheets), 3) a complete set (twin fitted, twin flat, and two pillowcases!), and 4) free! Thank you, Shayna, for being the best sheet supplier in the world. I think even the Selfish Seamstress could condone this type of relationship.
Butterick 9569. I love how elegant the ladies on the cover look, with their perfectly coiffed hair and little white gloves. Also, it declares itself to be quick and easy! Oh, excuse me, quick 'n easy.
At this point let me pause and publicly declare that I do not need anymore boat/bateau-neck sleeveless dresses with fitted tops and full skirts. I've already made more than I can reasonably wear, and I really need to branch out into other styles. Also, I need to start trying dresses with more embellishment -- so far everything has just been the fashion fabric, lining, and a zipper, accented with my ubiquitous black belt or a tied sash. It's time to dress things up with piping, lace, cording, color-blocking, something. Also, dresses with a midriff band (is that's what they're called?).
|Consciously thrusting my shoulders back.|
|Gaah, that hem is slightly uneven to boot!|
|I love that I can sit down and have the skirt make a nice little circle on the ground!|
|See, a circle! Unfortunately, it's pretty obvious here that my skirt is uneven, even though I let it hang overnight before hemming.|
|Can eyes even do that in real life??|
|"But Master Luke!" Also trying for more romantic hair.|
|I only had green with me. I'm still waiting for my brother to drive down the rest of my Christmas haul.|
Fabric: 50/50 cotton-poly blend sheets for both the shell and lining
Notions: a 14" zipper, hook and eye, seam binding
Hours: 7? Curse that cursedly long circle skirt hem, so foul and cursed! Also my slow handpicking of the zipper, for which the Helvetica font documentary is partly to blame.
Techniques used: Nothing new, really. Using seam binding hardly counts.
Will you make this again? Not really. Aside from the fact that I already have a slew of similar dresses in my closet, the bodice is too big and I already have a couple of nicely-fitting bodices in my stash that would be my first choice even if I were to make this again. But I will definitely use that circle skirt pattern again!
Total cost: Out of pocket, $2 for the zipper! But Shayna paid $8 for the sheets, and I used about half of them, so we'll say about $6 in actual materials.
Final thoughts: I do like the dress, even with its issues. I mean, Star Wars fabric! And since the fabric isn't being used as actual bedlinen, I don't need to worry about their compatibility with a good night's sleep; Darth Vader's eyes can stare at everyone else as I wear the dress.
|Black & white! For the ummmm...dark and light sides of the Force!|
Since most of my dresses this last year have involved a lined bodice with a center back zipper, I'm pretty bored of this sequence of steps. Time for something new and totally different! Maybe some knit dresses? Or a separate? Or maybe I should tackle drafting that qipao...