New Vintage wardrobe project # 4
That is right a REAL DRESS!!!
Okay, I am so excited about having made a real dress. It is scary to think about these bigger projects when you see the yardage they require. Then, if you think about making a "muslin" and your local store has muslin for (egads) 6.00 a yard, that is an extra 36.00, or so, for your project. Quel Spendy, darling.
Wait, all my books say sewing is THRIFTY.. and that becomes a 90.00 dress at the CHEAPEST. ( granted.. I have seen many a multi thousand dollar garment in my styling days, so I will admit that properly executed dresses of good material for 90.00 are pretty cheap. Comparatively. But Apparently, I am pretty cheap... Comparatively.) I do hate living up to the bitter part of my "nom de blog" (unless we are discussing coffee or chocolate or deliciously snarky sarcasm about brainless celebrities and political figures, of course) so I discovered a way to work out a new pattern on the Super Cheap and if you are careful, you can wear your muslin as the playdress version.
This is made from a 2 dollar vintage thrift store sheet and thrifted buttons too. (Frugal is such an ugly word.. let's say Resourceful and Clever.)
It is nice because I did have to practice (read: install it, lament, re-pin it on the ironing board with 3 times the pins, and reinstall ) to get the box pleated skirt even close to right. If I made this for evening, out of something Fancy, I would not pin, but would hand baste each pleat to get them Perfect. I would also tack each pleat to a pinboard in order to do that. It is a lot of skirt (1 hour 45 minutes to hand hem) and the pins pull loose when you hit the machine to baste it, because of the weight.
So as much as I would hate to admit to being practical ( Puh-leeze!), I am so excited that I found a way to make a 5 yard dress for 2.25. I may even start buying ugly sheets just because they are cheaper than muslin.
At least until the fabric fairies start leaving me yardage under my pillow. ( Can you believe the spiteful 'lil sprites wrecked my photo like this? just because I was going to do the Woodland Cribs for ya'll.)