For her present this year I decided to sew a dress for her using a vintage hawaiian fabric popular in the late 50's and early 60's. A drawstring top type sundress. I chose to use a commercial pattern instead of drafting - how difficult is that. Well, as it turned out, this commercial pattern wasn't completely trued and I was frustrated at different points of my sewing. However, I managed to finish the dress in 3 hours, not quite the 1 hour that it claimed. Funny thing is, a friend of mine said recently that she used a commercial pattern and some of the seams and buttonholes/button placements didn't match up. Now, I experienced almost the same thing. Also, the fabrics from that time period seems to have a larger weave and not as tightly woven. Lot's of fraying and shifting. But I got it done. Here's a few photographs to share with you.
|A really old roll of rayon bias that I used for the drawstring|
|An up-close shot|
|A blurry full shot of the dress (it was windy)|
|I don't know why I started doing sideways labeling, but now it's my trademark|
|strewn on the picnic table|
|I saw this laua'e fern growing along the moss in the cement tile wall|
|crooked red ginger flower|
|pink and red impatients|
I hope my friend reads this post after I give her birthday present to her. We're meeting up Sunday the 21st.
Think she will enjoy wearing this dress and will look cute with a denim jacket or vest. What do you think?
I'll let you know!
Love and Aloha,