I sewed this dress from Vogue 8472, which is a pattern I have had for a long time but never made up. It's got a midriff piece along with princess seams, so it's fun for contrasting fabric placement. It's not to be confused with this one with the same number from the 1970s which now I am needing to have, because it's so cute.
Some thoughts and information:
- I got this gauzy fabric at Mill Ends and lined the whole dress in white muslin. This gave it a heft and weight which was really pleasing to work with and allowed me to use a fabric which would have been too thin and lightweight otherwise.
- I used an invisible zipper centered in back. It was nice sewing a dress fitted enough to use a zipper, I had been skipping them for a bit sewing looser dresses, and just using belts as needed.
- This fabric had a border print which made for a nice contrasting hem. I also used that part of the print for the midriff.
- I feel there is more that I should say here, but I am not thinking of anything right now except that it was really fun to sew. The pattern is floating around— I think it's still available on the internet, and the little jacket that is with it should be made up. I need to get on that. I do secretly love it when patterns get discontinued because it helps me justify the amount of patterns I buy. I am not a fabric junkie, but a pattern junkie.
I saw Moonrise Kingdom and liked it a whole lot. It wasn't my favorite of his films, but it's still pretty wonderful. And how tempting is it to make that dress of Suzy's?! Gah. It's too young (and short) for me and too old (and short) for Sadie. I might make it (not so short) and save it for her so in a few years she can wear it. I just bought this vintage pattern and can draft the collar much bigger (see the black version.) The collar and cuffs would be so fun to make. Then she can wear it to a Wes Anderson Movie Characters Halloween Party that we all will be going to that someone needs to have.