Whew! A day late, but my dress for the HSF ‘Pink’ challenge is done!
Things got held up by a nasty attack of hayfever, which turned into a nasty cold. And at the same time I’ve got a massive, top-secret, super-exciting project to work on: the biggest project I’ve ever had. And it’s amazing. And due on the 28th. And in the meantime I’ve got a trip away to Napier’s Art Deco weekend, and a trip away to Auckland on the weekend of the 2nd of March.
So for a while not much happened with the fabric except Felicity lying on it:
But this weekend I hauled myself out of bed, and, with the help of a box of tissues, I alternated an hour on The Project and an hour on my dress, and got it done late on Sunday.
As you can tell, the fabric is indeed pink, and features darling fawns with bows around their necks scattered across it. The English-language edition of ‘Bambi, A Life in the Woods‘ was published in 1928 (the movie did not come out until ’42), and was an instant hit, inspiring a whole plethora of fawn themed designs. The fabrics I know of were probably intended for children’s wear, but finding such a perfect Bambi fabric was too good to pass up on for a 1929 dress.
I was extremely dubious about this dress as I sewed it up: it just looked like an almost-flesh-coloured sack. Then I added the collar and bow and belt, and suddenly it all came together, and I’m in love!
I’ll be wearing it next weekend at Napier’s Art Deco weekend, along with a matching cloche. For now though, I did a simple -pre-dinner photoshoot in Wellington. Mr D was quite grumpy that I insisted on a pre-dinner shoot, so I let him choose the location. Inexplicably he decided to head to our favourite beach, rather than simply walking around our neighborhood, which was my choice (and which would have taken half the time).
So I have no idea what the dress has to do with the photoshoot locations. Bambi on the beach? OK.
The Challenge: #3 — Pink
Fabric: 2m of pale pink poly-chiffon (shhhh) with fawns ($16 per metre), 1/4m white rayon challis ($2).
Notions: Thread, a vintage shell belt buckle ($2), vintage 1960s fusible belting.
How historically accurate is it? The fabric is poly, so not accurate, though the particular weave and hand is a good match for early rayon chiffons. And I overlocked all the interior seams, because poly frays like mad. And I have no evidence than any adult ever wore a dress patterned with fawns in 1929. So 75%
Hours to complete: 7. I was slow.
First worn: Sun 16 Feb for the photoshoot.
Total cost: $36