Oh my word. With the exception of the Ruth DeWitt Bukater green boarding suit, this sailor dress has taken the longest time to make. I'm not talking hours of construction...I'm talking, I started this very simple 1890s dress in April and I have just now finished it. I even did something that I very rarely do...I stopped construction to make a whole different dress from an entirely different era! Weird. I even had a hard time taking it up again after the salmon 1920s dress I made for an event a few weekends ago. I don't know if it was burn out, or the hot weather, or the fact that I was beyond exhausted, but I just didn't feel the desire to sew on this dress. And that is so sad to me as I have been enamored with this dress for a very long time.
It is now completed and almost ready to wear! I just need to sew in a few hooks and eyes and I need the assistance of my Mother to do that, because try as he might, my fabulous husband just can't seem to make the placement of the hooks and eyes work. It is however, done enough to photograph and blog about! Huzzah!!!!
I am in love.
My sweet sailor dress in a representation pose of the extant dress...
Original from The Museum at FIT.
I LOVE love love this dress! I would really like to see an image of the original owner wearing it!
All that soutache....
Can I just interject here a moment! I LOVE how soutache looks on garments. It is simply elegant and divine. However....the sewing on of said soutache makes the back of my right eyeball hurt and oft times the air in my bed/sewing room to turn a lovely shade of cerulean blue....I'm just sayin'.
The collar for this baby gave me some trouble as I had to draft it myself. I had made one, complete with about 8 hours of soutache application, only to find out that it was waaaaaay too small! Oh what a happy occurrence! So, back to the drawing board I went. Finally, I achieved collar joy and all was right with the world!
Well, now I have to wear it somewhere. Don't know where, but I now have a fourth sailor dress in my collection!
I'm sooooo heppy!!!
Blessings to all of you my lovely friends!