Presenting my first frock for The Monthly Stitch‘s Frocktober! The pattern is Simplicity 2971 from 1959. There are two skirt options, I went with the pencil. I am very tempted to make a full skirt, but they do take a lot of fabric. The fabric we used for this gorgeous little number is a red & off white polka dot cotton. For a little added va-va-voom, Belle decided to have the contrasting colourway for the large protrait collar.
I really love this dress! The fit on Belle is amazing, all I’ve done is shorten it by about 10cm (and still turned up a 6cm hem!). And I put in a longer zip. The first time I made this dress we struggled with her broad shoulders to get it on comfortably, so this time I lengthened the zip-opening by 7cm, and what a difference it’s made! I may just do the same with all the dresses with side zip openings. I wonder if that’s why they’re called wiggle dresses, ’cause there sure was a lot of that going on the first time around! 😀
So, not content with being a pretty good start to Frocktober, I’m hailing this as a #redoctober project too! As it’s a most perfet shade of red, it has to be included. This particular dress is definitely staying in Belle’s wardrobe – no for sale tickets on this one!
So, construction notes. Normal seams, all stitched & pinked. I used an invisible zip, instead of a normal one because I’m tight & didn’t want to go out & buy something when I had one here in my box! The hem (once I had turned up the 6cm) is taped with an off-white seam tape & hand stitched into place. The button is a lonley single we found in the button box. This is a really difficult red to match, so we went with a white-ish one.
One thing we have yet to settle though. What to wear over the top when the weather gets chilly? With that collar, normal jackets are out of the question. So what did they wear in the 50s? Any suggestions?
If you like this dress, you may like the ecry & dark navy version for sale on Etsy. 😉