Fabric: Thrifted corduroy and bold print cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 8142
Year: 1969 (back when I was 15!)
Notions: 7/8 covered buttons
Time to complete: about 10-12 hours
First worn: Jan 14, (out for lunch with family)
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: Buttons and matching thread: $8.00 Fabric $4.
This was a fun dress to put together! I used thrifted fabric from my stash. I chose the purple corduroy for this particular pattern because the look was somewhat coat-like and I thought the heavy fabric would work well. You don’t see a lot of garments made out of corduroy these days except for corduroy pants and baby overalls, so I felt like I was definitely taking a risk. I hoped that it would look vintage, yet contemporary enough to wear in 2012.
Probably the hardest part was covering those darn buttons! From experience I have learned that you need to add a small circle of interfacing on top of the button so that the metal doesn’t shine through the fabric. Here are a few pics of the before and after buttons.
It was fun to do button-holes again. I have learned from experience to always practice before you actually do them on your garment. They turned out wonderfully! After reading up on some Sew Weekly tips and tricks, and visiting the excellent link that was posted, I put in a blind-stitch hem! I’ve always done it by hand, but I think I won’t be doing that any more. My daughter has been my photographer for the first two challenges and has done an excellent job. She insists that I get clarification on just who can be in the contributor’s pictures. She wants me to make a dress for her and post it. What are the rules on that anyway?