Not the pantdress though. I thought a sleeveless dress might be the ticket for a Queensland summer.
My favourite decade will always be the 1930s but every so often I see something more modern and like it. Around 1970 seems to be a good year for me. I started the dress in December but Christmas got in the way. I started thinking about Christmas cake recipes, and did some wonky topstitching while attaching the skirt to the bodice. I decided this didn’t matter because I had a good opportunity to use a crochet lace pattern I found at the Antique Pattern Library (Pattern #108, Adeline Cordet, Book No.2, 1912). I only had white crochet thread on hand, but I did have some old indigo powder in the drawer. And some yeast, and sugar. Apparently that’s about all you need to set up an indigo fermentation vat.
I achieved what may be the dullest blue in the history of indigo dye baths, but it looks okay. Certainly better than white.
A close up of the crochet lace:
Changes I made to the pattern:
- replaced the pointy under-bust darts with pleats
- moved the zip from the back to the side
- lined the dress rather than using facings
Next time I make this, I’ll add buttons and loops to the opening at the front of the bodice. This time around, I’m just using a brooch.