The tea dress I was working on (post to follow) is a somewhat labour-intensive pattern and I wanted some quick gratification, so I checked my sewing list and started work on this sundress before finishing my previous project. I'd had the material in my stash since my last trip to Thailand, and the pattern about as long. I bought the pattern because it's similar to one of my favourite vintage dresses - the look of a shirtwaist without the bother of buttonholes!
We've just got back from a long weekend camping in Devon - we stopped off in Exeter on the way back yesterday; my sister is moving there in the summer and had some house viewings arranged. The sunshine was perfectly glorious - first actual hot day of the year - and I had an enjoyable mosey around Exeter, discovered the local vintage clothing shops, bought a 1940s straw sun hat for £15 (yay!).
I'm painfully aware that I'm a bit fat at the moment - need to be more disciplined about going to the gym and eating less cake (by the way I'm not saying this so that people tell me I'm not, but rather to somehow excuse my not-so-slender frame, by way of saying "this isn't the real me". Although in my head the "real me" is about 8 1/2 stone, while realistically I'm unlikely ever to attain that!).
Fabric: Cotton fabric purchased in Thailand. 3 metres at something like £4 per metre.
Pattern: Butterick 6431, 1953 (coronation year!).
Alterations: I replaced the four-gore skirt with a full circle for extra swish. The bodice I made exactly to the pattern except to add 1/2" to the lower edge of the front piece (graded up to the sides so the seam would match up with the back piece), because boobage always raises the front waistline slightly.
Make again? Yes! It's such an easy pattern and I really like the fit. I want to make one in red and white candy stripe (perfect for the jubilee weekend!), and one in my clotheshanger chevron repro fabric.
Dress, made by me from a 1953 pattern; Record handbag, similar available in my etsy shop; Shoes, purchased in Thailand (most comfortable shoes ever!). I should have been wearing bangles and done something more with my hair, but I didn't pack bangles or hairspray: glamping fail.