I have decided to you my lesson in practicality and marry it with my love of dresses. Im doing a dress that actually fits the season that it currently is. Now you are probably wondering what that has to do with the sound of music. Well, I made it out of curtains (or a curtain to be more specific). I purchased the 6168 pattern from butterick, which is a departure from my normal 50s choices.
After looking a at few of these online I determined that I needed to use a solid color or all the detail would get lost. It also happens that the same weekend we were purging our linen closet and Tony wanted to throw away some curtains that he had used in the Condo before we met. They were chocolate brown and had a sort of linen like texture so I said I would use them instead. Funny enough on the inside of the dress you can see perfect little rectangles of sun bleach window sashing. I was very carful to make sure that the out side of the dress didn’t have those as well.
My mom had sent me a handful of zippers that her friend Kitty had generously donated. I found a navy invisable zipper that I thought would do the trick. Only problem was that it was too short. This dress calls for a 22″ zipper (and I had lengthened it by 1.5″). This zipper was only 16″ so I came up with idea of using the short zipper an then making a keyhole in the back with a thread button loop. The result turned out really well.
On the inside the pattern called for a Facing, I have vowed off facings ever since the Anna dress so I lined the front bodice in some green lining scraps left over from this dress. I sort of liked the brown green combo, very forest-like.
Unfortunately my attempts at lengthening the bodice resulted in a little to much skin (as seen below) So I will certainly have to wear a tank top under this to prevent any un-intentional flashing.
In case your keeping track:
- Fabric: $0.00 (repurposed curtain)
- Lining: $0.00 (used leftovers from another project)
- Zipper: $0.00 ( donated stash)
- Thread: $0.00 (used leftovers from another project)
- Pattern: $2.00 and completely re-usable