First of all, I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who voted for my black & white outfit! I came in 2nd and I'm super happy! Now it's week 2 at Project Sewn and I am so excited about my new sundress!
I'm pretty certain Dior never would have used a vintage sheet to make a dress, but I'm still calling it my J'Adore Dior dress because it was definitely inspired by the gorgeous 50s Dior sundresses. It's subtitled the Stanley Hudson Sundress, which is a reference to the most recent season of Project Runway. Stanley's work was impeccable and while I didn't love his final collection, the classic pieces he made during the season pretty much always blew me away. We definitely have a similar aesthetic! Anyway, the dress!!
I've probably started a million blog post this same line, but I started with a vintage sheet as my fabric inspiration for this dress. It's the softest, lightest sheet and the print is just divine.
As a massive added bonus, the sheet has this amazing border print with an embroidered scalloped edge. It's so lovely and summery!
I knew I wanted to do a dress with a higher neckline, but the only pattern I have with the darts I wanted is New Look pattern 6874 - . I started with the tank top pattern pieces and ended up using them only for the bust darts. I just couldn't even try to draft those myself with all my other sewing going on this week! After I got the bust darts done, I pretty much abandoned the pattern and self-drafted the neckline and shoulders.
I fully lined the bodice and put an invisible zipper up the side. For the skirt, I cut the whole width of the sheet to length and then cut it in half. I pleated each piece until they were the same width as my bodice plus seam allowance, sewed the panels together and then attached the skirt to the bodice. I love the pleats instead of gathers. It's a small detail, but I think it looks fresh and young.
Oh yes, and I added pockets! Cute sundress or not, it's still momville around here and you just never know what the 3 year olds are going to hand you. Pockets are a must.
I whipped up a quick sash to pull it all together and I had one awesome new sundress!
I don't think I can really overstate how much I love this dress! It is incredibly light and airy. It might be the most comfortable dress I own! I actually wore it while I was sewing up the sash. Okay, I had put it on to do the final fitting, decided it needed a sash and just didn't bother to take it off, but seriously...if dresses in the 50s were this comfy, I can see how the wives and mothers of the day didn't mind wearing them around! I love my dress!
And I love the pockets :)
If you love my dress too, I'd be honored if you'd VOTE for me starting Friday morning!