First and foremost, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone on all their kind comments about the release of my pattern, Nisse! It’s done very well so far and I was a little bit floored to even see it on the top 20 “hot right now” patterns on Ravelry for over a day. Whoa. I don’t really expect to design patterns all that often, although I say this having one design about 70% done (although honestly I don’t intend to touch it again until autumn), with two other ideas brewing… we’ll see where the wind takes me!
I call it my Cliffs of Insanity dress. And if you don’t recognize that reference from The Princess Bride, we can’t be friends. (Okay, that’s not true, but I’m honestly sad for you if you’ve never seen it. Best movie ever.)
Last month, Roisin sewed a fantastic By Hand London Anna dress in a map print. It reminded me that last summer I purchased some pirate treasure map fabric to sew a little vintage playsuit. Which I never did, so I still had the fabric. And since it’s spring (wow, can I officially say that finally?!), a dress was more appropriate to make than a playsuit. Well as appropriate as pirate ships sailing across your chest can be. And in my world? Totally appropriate.
I made a second version of Simplicity 1523 from 1945, except this time I made a scoop neckline, and used a full dirndl skirt instead of the pattern’s original skirt that I used in my Singin’ in the Rain dress. Which I like, but boy, a two piece waistband (inner and outer) and a full gathered skirt is no piece of cake.
Not that it’s so easy to spot the waistband since it’s a really busy print, but I think you can just make out a pirate ship sailing across it in the photo below.
Gah this print kills me! And the reason I named it the Cliffs of Insanity dress is at the upper part of my neckline below. I had to make sure that was at least somewhere visible on the front, small as it is!
I’m particularly pleased with how the bodice looks. Lately I’ve been cutting bodice pieces on flat vs. folded fabric to place the prints nicely, but there’s so much going on that really nothing leapt out and said “I must be front and center!” But there’s a big island, a couple of ships, an X marks the spot, navigable waters, a compass… I think that pretty much hits all the high points!
Let me point out here that it was c-c-c-cold when we took these photos! Nowhere near weather to be tramping around without a coat. Oh, the things we do… 😉
In hindsight it also wasn’t the greatest idea to wear a dress with lots of brown in it to a not-yet-green marshy preserve. We opted for the grassy background instead of the frozen marsh which was probably kind of a mistake, since it looks so interesting in the below photo. But at least Mel took one of me with our other camera. All the white behind me is still ice!
There’s not much to say about the construction, other than I think I’ve decided that I don’t like interfacing the waistband. When I sit down, it makes the natural fold at my waist more prominent. Other than that, no complaints. Just like my previous version, this dress got an inseam pocket and a lapped zipper… of course, you know about the zipper already!
I’m loving this style of 40s day dress with a waistband, and I have one more to show you soon. In fact, I just sewed a dress without one (a wearable muslin for my Sew for Victory project) and honestly was a little meh about it. So I decided I’m going to alter my SFV plans a bit and throw a waistband in. I’ll talk about my plans for that soon!