My friend Em, her son and I went op-shopping today. We were already in The Gabba for Voodoo Rabbit’s opening (more on that tomorrow), so took the chance to play dress-ups in the enormous vintage storehouse in the area.
I wore my Bladvass Dress. Em spotted a beautiful Sampan hat perched atop a pile of suitcases on a top shelf- I’ve been looking for a nice solid one for longer than I care to admit. This dress was only just wearable this morning, so I left off the pockets and tied it around my neck. I like to “test drive” a garment before I finish it completely.
The bodice on this dress feels great. It’s solid but not hot. It hugs my body but doesn’t cut into my flesh. In the middle of sewing, I rather feared I was once again over-engineering a casual garment- it was weighty. Once I put it on, it felt like a second skin and I forgot about it.
This feels like “early 50’s casual in the garden” wear to me. While Dior unleashed his New Look in 1947, I find most early 50’s fashions and photos have fuller skirts without petticoats, which results in a gentler silhouette. “High Fashion” at the time may have had the petticoats and padding, but the post-war trickle down of fashion took a while to gather steam.
Uneven hems nearly always look better in my mind’s eye than in reality. Should I trim this or leave it? As for Terra Incognita, I used my serger to make a tidy rolled hem. It’s so light and tough!
All in all, I’m very happy with this dress and think it will make a useful addition to my summer casual clothes. I used a few arcane “engineering” tricks that I’ve been itching to try out. I’ll write more about that when I know how well (or not) they work.
If you’re interested, check out Leimomi’s post on revealing clothes, modesty and personality. Her post is intriguing, and the discussion is lively..