It’s that time of year again – Windy Lindy, the biggest swing event in Wellington’s dance calendar.
Every year I solicit your opinion on costume, and then happily ignore what you tell me and make whatever I feel like (I don’t mean to do this, it just happens !). And then I deluge you with pictures.
This year’s theme was Blitz Ball, and while I love 40s fashions, I just couldn’t get excited about the theme. I tried my best, settling on Simplicity 3446 – the 1940 pattern that my Grandmother used for her wedding dress (the pattern still had her alterations!)
I paired it with a fantastic vintage brocade in vivid fuchsia which I picked up in Napier at Art Deco weekend last year.
Isn’t that a fascinating fabric? It’s got a secondary weave layer floating over the base layer. Not a good thing for Felicity to get her claws into, and kind of a pain to work with, but very attractive!
I only had 3.2 metres of the fascinating fuchsia fabric, and the pattern called for 4 metres, and the fabric had damage, but with some clever piecing at the centre back seam I made it work.
Well, sort of. I don’t actually like the dress. It’s beautifully finished on the inside (check out those lace-edged seams) and swishes beautifully when I dance, but it was a nightmare to fit (the pattern was made for someone with at least a C cup – not my ‘I like to pretend I’m actually a B’ cup), and I just don’t like it on me.
I feel thick and un-shapely in it. I thinks it’s partly because I moved the line under my bust too high in order to get the bust portion to fit properly, which makes the waist too high, and if I lowered that, it would look better.
Or maybe I was just a grump on the night (I’d had a bad day and wasn’t feeling well), and it actually looks better than I felt and that it does in the photos. I’ll give it another go with a proper photoshoot later, but for now here are my best pictures:
And, courtesy of Full Swing, pretty dancing pictures! I’m doing Balboa rather than Lindy, if you are wondering why it doesn’t look like the swing dancing you are used to.