Fabric: leftover liberty of london tana lawn “durie” (from modified/self-drafted simplicity 4903)
Pattern: bodice portion of vintage vogue 2926
Year: circa 1950s
Notions: zipper, sew-on snaps
Time to Complete: 4 hours
First Worn: June 22, 2012
Wear Again: yes
Total Price: ~$30
Challenge Theme: “Las Vegas”
this top has been a true “hangover” – i knew i was going to make it since i finished my frankenpatterned version of McCall 7743 last year in august. we went to las vegas to celebrate my grandfather’s 86th birthday and i wore the dress out to dinner one night in celebration.
this pattern was super-easy, but i did try to tweak it for fit with moderately successful results. while it does now more appropriately match by bust-to-neck ration, reducing a great deal of pooling that would have occurred with those super-intense bust gathers, it is rather short-waisted, even for me. my midriff-baring days are (mostly) behind me and this was definitely shorter in that area than i had intended.
i would have finished this one on time (for a change) but i put the zipper in the normal way and realized that i wouldn’t be able to squeeze into it without the skirt (and skirt zipper) opening the CB all the way past my hips. easy fix: i put the zipper back in, upside down, and overcame this issue. i just didn’t have a chance to do that until now, well after the vegas challenge.
it’s been in the 100*F range here for the past two days, so i needed to stay cool. i hope wherever you are, it’s more comfortable than here!