Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Pink Houndstooth Mod Mini Dress
Okay, so after one so-so project and one semi-disaster, we finally come to a project that was successful.
Presenting Simplicity 6783 (1966, view 3) ...
1.) FABRIC: This project represents a milestone for me. I FINALLY got up the nerve to buy fabric online instead of at Joann's. I got this cotton-lycra stretch knit on eBay from the seller "fabricattackfabrics." I was really pleased with the fabric. It was lightweight and stretchy, plus the pink and black houndstooth is very mod to me. The pattern reminded me of something Mondo would have done on last season's Project Runaway. I'm still pissed that he lost--ARRRGH!
Why was I reluctant to buy fabric online? The obvious reasons: can't feel the texture; can't feel the weight; etc. Since this dress was made, I've now bought about 15 different fabrics online. I was only disappointed with one fabric that I bought. The odds have become better than Joann's, and you cannot beat the selection. As I wrote previously, I now have a vintage fabric fetish.
2.) STYLE: Like I said, I thought the look was very Mondo. I like the unexpected combo of pink with houndstooth. The houndstooth print size was about an inch, so you could see the detail well. I also love adding chain belts- SO MOD!
3.) NECK HOLE: This was my only construction problem. I naively thought that this fabric was so stretchy that I could make it a pullover. I think I already made this mistake before, so I don't know why I made it again, but the neck hole once again became too stiff when I added the collar. I couldn't get my head through-- it looked like the dress was giving birth to me! So, I ended up leaving the seam open a few inches at the top so that I can fit my head through. I think I'll add a hook and eye to make the closure better, though. Is this an okay alternative to short neckline zippers? Is there any other way I could have dealt with this problem?