Last week’s challenge on the Sew Weekly was music. I had dreams of something elaborate involving metres & metres of blue crepe, but the plans went awry (not sewing mistakes) and made me very blue indeed. So I needed something to chase those blues away, and what better than one of my favourite songs, a fix up of my Little Bit of Red dress (remember how I was never thrilled with it?), and some Besame Red lipstick?
The song is Red Lips Kiss My Blues Away, and the cover artwork is adorable:
My Little Bit of Red dress is not a perfect match to the Red Lips Kiss My Blues Away cover art, but I thought with a bit of tweaking the Little Bit of Red dress could effectively capture the mood of the poster, and rescue my sewing week (plus get something off my UFO pile).
So I completely pulled apart my Little Bit of Red Dress, re-shaped the bodice, re-set the bodice ruffles, took in the skirt, cut hip ruffles, hemmed said hip ruffles, put the whole thing back together and tacked everything down on the inside with little-tiny hand stitches.. It took just as long as just making a whole new dress, but I don’t mind, because at least this means that I actually love this dress now.
And I do. It’s mad. It’s ridiculous. It’s preposterous. It has hip ruffles. It’s completely frumpy and dowdy and yet inexplicably charming, in the way only a late ’20s/early ’30s frock with hip ruffles can be.
For the photoshoot Mr D and I celebrated the return of my camera (Yay Canon!) and took advantage of an exceptionally warm day in winter to risk photographing me in a little silk dress. For the background we drove round the bays to a particularly picturesque portion of the waterfront for photos.
I paired the dress with a red ribbon and my newest addition to my vintage shoe collection: blue suede heels with bows. Swoon. They may be slightly OOP, but they go perfectly with the dress. Risking the suede at the edge of the water and in wet gravel was probably a bit naughty of me, but they survived just fine.
What you can’t see in the photos is that I am also wearing a silk slip, a silk camisole, silk tap pants, thick stockings (with seams up the back) and am still turning blue.
What you can see behind me is Miramar Peninsula, home to my favourite restaurant, the movie theatre from the Little Bit of Magic photoshoot, and Weta Workshops. Also lots of boats, the occasional kayaker or seagull, and just off to the left in the widest angle shots, Wellington International Airport, which you will be flying in to when you come to visit me. Right?
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 3 metre of 1930s inspired silk chiffon. $30
Pattern: Excella E3137
And the insides? Erm. Not my best effort. A combination of french seams, pinked seams, and plain-old-mess where the skirt meets the bodice. That’s OK, it will only ever be hand-washed.
Hours: Another 4.5 hours (for a total of 9 on this dress)
First worn?: Saturday 10 August, just for the photoshoot (cold. winter. cold. brr.)
Wear again?: Yes, when summer comes
Make again?: Nope. At least not until I’ve tried all my other ’30s patterns.
Total cost: $30