"Hollywood 1406" - 1937
I am going to attempt to make a version of this dress using salmon colored cotton linen and 3 different patterns. The linen is light and airy enough for the Phx climate yet heavy enough to add a little warmth during this upcoming fall. I also enjoy the color of this material and think it is a interseasonal choice. The pink is perfect for the gayer spring and summer months, but it isn't so bright that it looks out of place when the ocean of colors flowing through the streets is muted, earthy and neutral.
When it comes to the patterns I have on hand, no piece will match the original design exactly. The skirt pattern* that I have choosen to use has different stitching than that of the original skirt. I just wanted to mention that the skirt pattern I an using is a fantastic 30's pattern on loan to me from the very talented Jenny Kuller. I still have to make a copy of the whole pattern, but it is still unharmed by the boys! :)
Now, when it comes to the blouse of the dress, I plan on using main part of the tan shirt and the sleeves of the green shirt with slight changes. I won't use the decorative stitches along the button facing on the first and I will replace the bows with buttons on the second. I want to try to get it as close to the original as I possibly can.
Speaking of the buttons. I haven't picked any out yet. As much as I would like to use vintage ones, it is difficult for me to find 6 matching ones, in the same size, that coordinate with the material, and are affordable. After writing this out, I thik I might try to look on ebay and etsy to see if there may be some workable buttons out there. If not, I will pick up some new cheap ones. I don't know what coordinating color I would like to use though. Something muted so that the dress can still be interseasonal.
I think tonight I will get started on at least cutting out the pieces. Perhaps tomorrow I will start sewing parts together. Cross your fingers that this dress will turn out half way decently so that I can wear it with pride! Yay!
I will return with "Sew What?" Edition 1 Chapter 2 soon!