What: The Paprika Dress! Made of warm, spicy deep orange polyester crepe and satin, from a pattern from Eva Dress Patterns:
The main body of the dress is crepe, while the scarf tie, belt, skirt flounce, and flutter sleeves (more on that below) are satin. A mix of both Views A and B. Closes with snaps along the side.
When: This dress made up pretty quickly--all the work has been done in the past week. I cut out the pattern one evening, and did most of the sewing save some prep and finish work in one day, off and on.
Where: The dress was made at home, on my trusty little sewing machine, and debuts next weekend.
Why: I love the 1930s, but haven't had much of an excuse to create an outfit. A friend is having a 30s themed party for her 30th birthday, and it seemed like the reason I've been waiting for to dive into a new decade!
One word of caution--the pattern's directions are the originals, and vintage patterns tend to go light on the instructions. If you're used to modern patterns' pages of directions, expect a much less guided experience making this. That said--it's very simple. And sometimes figuring things out for one's self is much more fun!
A few notes on my stitching experience and what I changed from the original pattern:
I decided to mix the views and do the scarf tie as seen on View A above, but the belt as seen on View B. And then I decided to incorporate the satin in the skirt flounce as well. I really loved how that detail turned out:
Then came the sleeves. I made them up and everything, even screwing one seam up, ripping it out, and redoing it:
And then I tried on the dress and thought...how cute would this be with flutter sleeves? Especially for a party? And then I glanced at the pile of satin scraps and found two Cheshire-cat-smile shaped bits perfect to use as sleeves. This departure is one of my favorite details of the finished dress:
One thing I would do differently: I wasn't very judicious in selecting fabric--this project needed to go from pattern to done in just a couple weeks, no time for online fabric ordering, and my only nearby fabric stores are big-box types with iffy selection. I'm mostly quite pleased (especially with the crepe and satin skirt!) but the satin bow is a bit stiff and doesn't look flowy and scrumptious the way the pattern does. It makes a jaunty, Girl-Guides-esque knot, but I'd love a re-do of this design using silk charmeuse or another drapey fabric.