I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
This is one of those projects that was inspired solely by the fabric. I saw this blush pink shantung at Mood, and it was unlike any other shantung I've seen: drapey, soft, and like heaven on the skin. I found some perfectly matching cotton and silk voile to line it with, and was at the checkout in a matter of minutes. A fabric impulse control problem? Nah, not me.
Anyway, it was worth it. I initially envisioned a full-skirted frock, but realized that might be a tad bridemaid-ish. So the idea of a drapey sarong-style skirt was born.
The pattern is almost entirely my own, except for the bodice top, which began its life as New Look 6002. The skirt is my own pencil skirt pattern, with a separate drape and "cascade" as a top layer.
I underlined the bodice in silk organza to give the bust pleats some extra body, and stabilized the neckline with silk organza as well. The entire thing is lined in the airy cotton/silk voile.
I did a narrow hem on the outer layers, and a rolled hem on my serger on the lining. Here are the various layers on the front skirt, from the inside.
I'm quite proud of it. I don't really have anywhere to wear it yet, but that's a minor detail, right?
I used an exquisite metal RiRi zipper, and did an application that exposes the teeth only. I saw this method on a designer dress in Nordstrom, and really liked it.
Don't worry, I would not dare to wear the infamous green clogs with this number. I do, however, have a new sparkly pair of Miss L-Fires that I think does quite nicely with the blush.