|It was windy!|
Last Sunday Mr. Starcross and me visited the Crikey! It's Vintage Fair in Killerton, which gave me the opportunity to finally make that Vintage-inspired dress I've been dreaming of making ever since I bought some left-over curtain material for 3 Euro at a charity flea market in Vienna. I love, love, love this fabric. It's so bright and the flowers look almost neon pink.
As with most of my handmade clothes these days I drafted the pattern myself. I've recently been obsessed with close-fitting kimono sleeve and bodice drafts. So I'm studying vintage drafting manuals to make up various kimono concoctions with gussets and inserts galore to give a fitted kimono look without compromising on arm movement. I mean it's always a plus when you can look good and move in what you are wearing :)
This dress is super comfortable to wear. It feels fashionable but doesn't restrict movement in any way. Not too tight, not too loose. For the lining (unfortunately no pic there) I used a sheer and floaty and ultra-comfortable rayon material I sourced from an e-bay seller. I find it's difficult to find non-acetate lining locally and I just refuse to line breathable cotton dresses with a plastic lining. I mean you woudn't wear a plastic bin bag under your dress either, would you?
The lining is gorgeous but tough to work with and ended up stretching way out of shape. I just don't know how to tame those shear fabrics. Lining is always a troublesome matter. I guess that's why the stiff acetate is so popular.
I leave you with this snippet of a feature on the Vintage Fair in Homes & Antiques, which captured me and Mr. Starcross doing our Jive moves. Can you find us?