So, I was planning to publish this post last week, but some snow led to a power outage, which led to no internet for a few days. But, all’s well that ends well, because now I get to wish you all Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I cannot wait to load up my plate with some stuffing and all the fixins. I’m not really a fan of turkey, so for me, stuffing is the main course. But before I get to all that, I need to tell about my green wool midi-dress. With this make, I’m once again indulging my love of 70s fashion (I know, I know…I can hear your gasps of surprise). Although, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’m thinking this post probably should have featured some elastic-waist pants.
If the style of this dress looks familiar, it’s the same pattern I used for my embroidered summer dress. And, I can already say with some certainty that this is not the last time you’ll see this pattern. I’m thinking a maxi sleeveless version will be in order for next summer.
After making the sleeveless version of vintage McCalls #5414, I knew I wanted to make a version with sleeves for fall/winter. I found this speckled green wool at the Salvation Army Fabric Fair this year, and I thought it was so pretty. I also thought it would be a great choice for this dress.
Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows how much I love the Salvation Army Fabric Fair. The only thing about their fabrics is they occasionally smell a bit musty, like they’ve been in your grandma’s attic for a few decades. That was definitely the case with this fabric. It had a strong musty smell, but since it was wool, I was hesitant about just tossing in the washing machine. In the end, I did just that. Aaaaand, it came out smelling even mustier and felt more like a Brillo pad than fabric.
My mom, who always has the answers where fabric is involved, suggested I wash it again with fabric softener. That did the trick. Not only did it come out smelling fresh, but it was incredibly soft.
With my newly softened fabric ready to go, I cut out view B of the pattern with no size alterations. The only construction change I made was in the way I inserted the front zipper and facings. I talk about the method I used in my embroidered summer dress post. On the cuffs, instead of buttons, I used small pearl snaps.
I really like this dress, but I learned very quickly that I couldn’t wear it on a day where the temperature is above 40 degrees. To say this wool is toasty is an understatement.
I guess this week you’re getting a break from my usual novels, because for once, I don’t have a lot to say. Mark this one down on your calendars! This dress is a pretty straightforward make, and I’ve talked more in depth about this pattern before. I would recommend this pattern to anyone, and last time I looked there were copies floating around on Etsy and Ebay.
To everyone celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day!!
Until next time,