I finished this little number earlier this week but haven’t had a chance to photograph it until now. It’s a bit tricky now that the days are getting longer because there’s never any sunlight left by the time I get home from work. I tried to organize a little photo sesh before work the other day, but we were interrupted by our landlord who had come to demand that we pay the rent. We’d been witholding it pending some repairs to the apartment that we’d been waiting on for weeks.
I was all decked out to have Dan take the pictures- the shoes, the hat, a giant vintage bag, everything, when Gino pops out of nowhere to accost Dan about the rent. Gino is a short, older Italian guy with a ridiculous toupee, a 70s wardrobe, and a Mario Brothers accent. So i’m lingering on the landing, trying to hide behind the door in my giant hat while Dan tries to placate him. “Whya you don’t paya the rent!? Whatta you needa screens inna the windows for? ”
Dan calmed him down and we scurried off to the train- no time for photos. (In case you’re wondering- we caved and paid the rent, still no screens in the windows)
The dress is the Wiggle Dress, from the book Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, which I also used to make the blouse I entered in the Fall for Cotton Challenge. The dress is the cover image on the book:
I used a mysterious navy wool blend suiting for the body of the dress, and I did something I’ve never done before which is grade between sizes- it’s an 8 through the shoulders and bust but graded down to a 4 at the hips. Gertie wrote these patterns based on her own shape, and I am just not that pear shaped. I went for an exposed gold zipper in the back. I’ll never get sick of that. invisible zippers can suck it.
And to answer the question that I know you’ve all been thinking about- no, i did not make the armhole gussets. What a weight lifted off your shoulders, knowing that one, eh?
The dress has a really close silhouette, which doesn’t really jive with the kimono sleeves. So it is supposed to have these extra little gussets in the armpits to give your arms room to move but not ruin the line. Here’s an example from Gertie’s blog:
ain’t nobody got time for that…. I left em out and just gave myself some extra room in the arms. The thing is still tight as fuck though, and not just under the arms. I don’t know how I’m supposed to move around in it. Can’t decide whether to let out the side seams a bit or just go on a diet. I’ll keep you posted.
My inspiration lately has been a hell of a lot of Lana Del Ray.
Her controversial video for the song Ride is frankly pretty fucking creepy, but worth watching for the amazing outfits she wears in it, if you can get past the feminist outrage (transitioning later into culturally appropriative use of an indian head dress heeby jeebies). Anyway, as long as she keeps up that fantastic ’60s style, I’m gonna keep copping it (see also: summertime sadness, national anthem).
So how good’s my copycatting?