Sunday, December 23, 2012

Mix n Match Dress - Peter Pan collar version

Here it is! The 2nd iteration of my Mix n Match dress, yet again from all recycled fabrics. Mainly, these were just pieces of fabric that I had chilling in my fabric closet. Now that I think about it, I think the dark blue is from a jacket from computer patternmaking (the hem still needs to be done, 5 years later.) The red grid fabric is from... who knows where. I definitely didn't buy it, but it's cute! 

 The back is actually sewn flat/well but given that there is zero stretch in this fabric... it's not super-close to the body. I'm totally fine with it.

Here's the thing: much of the vintage fashion I see/wear/own etc. doesn't fit like today's clothing. Why would you expect it to? Like I mentioned before, things will not "fit like a glove" or super-close to the body unless they are tailored that way. This dress has so few seam lines that it's not going to fit like a fabric with 50% stretch. It's not jersey knit, it's a woven!

I suppose this point could be argued, "Oh, but you could have MADE it fit more like (insert spandex-y fabric here)!" My argument: it's a shift dress and you need room to move. End of story.

 The pocket fabric was initially of the red grid fabric until last-minute I decided to use leftover fabric from that 70s once-pantsuit-now-dress that I re-created. One of my favorite fabrics ever! I think this was the choice that made the dress.

And there you have it: my 2nd iteration of the Mix n Match dress. I got to put to use collar + facing + zipper construction which was a minor puzzle at first, but then made sense once I took some things apart. I'm still less-than-happy with the way I sewed the back of the collar, but there are always things you learn each time you sew no matter how long you have been constructing things.

I actually think I might wear this one for Christmas.

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