Hello there, friends!
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Before I tell you all about my latest creation, I’ll show you a sneak peek at what has been occupying a lot of my sewing time.
This is embroidery on a 1950’s “Mexican-ish” peasant dress. I have not done any embroidery for quite a while, so I’ve been reacquainting myself with the art. This is the back of my dress and I am about halfway done as I have the back and one sleeve done. This dress has gathers on the neck and sleeves, so you can imagine how much fabric there is! I’ve always wanted one of these dresses, so with the extra time it’s taking to make, it will make it extra special. 🙂This pattern is Vogue 2940, an OOP Anna Sui design. I found mine on etsy last year and just got around to making it! Mostly, it was due to the fact that it takes A LOT of fabric and that I knew it would be time consuming — AND IT WAS! I’m so glad that I took the time to make it as I really do love this dress. 🙂
The fabric I used for this dress is a J Crew silk/cotton voile from Fabric Mart. It took 6 1/2 yards to make this dress, plus the lining, which is an ivory cotton batiste. The print is kind of an abstract floral and was described as “goldenrod”.
Why is this dress a bit of a time suck when the dress looks deceptively simple? Well, there are MANY pattern pieces. The bodice front is princess cut, plus has flutter sleeves that act as a collar on the back. The skirt is gored as well, plus there are layers of ruffles and a lot of basting and gathering. It is also fully lined, but thankfully the lining pattern is not gored, so a little less to cut out. It took a while just to cut this out, plus longer than expected to put it together as I’ve been a bit of a lazy sewist as of late. I also French seamed everything and there is a lot of hand sewing going on. But, hey, I finished it!!! 🙂
Yes, I even did French seams on the skirt lining. The bodice is underlined. The pattern instructions call for double stitched seams, however. I felt the French seams would work better, plus I like to take extra time when sewing with designer patterns.
The pattern calls for raw edges on the collar/sleeves and the ruffles (top and bottom of each layer). I did not want to leave them entirely raw and instead did a slim zig zag along the edges. The pattern advises chiffon and georgette and other sheer fabrics and my silk/cotton voile works just fine for this pattern, although if one were to leave the edges raw as the designer original, chiffon and georgette would work best.
The pattern has a slim ribbon front belt that is sewn on to the dress and leaves the loose empire silhouette. I didn’t think this flattered me too much, so I made a sash that I tied under the bust to give it more of a shape. In the above photo collage you can see the difference between tied and untied.
This really is a wonderful ethereal feeling dress, so if you’re into peasant dresses like me and want an ultra feminine one with a bit of a vintage 70’s feel (+ a bit of the Regency era), this is definitely a pattern to add your collection if you can find it. I am truly in love with my dress. <3
Speaking of dress patterns….
Would anyone like this pattern? It’s the Christine Haynes Derby dress and it’s been cut and used with all sizes still marked as mine was graded up. This pattern just does not work for me and I won’t be making it again. Whomever asks for it first (regardless of country) gets it. (BTW, I have some more patterns I will be giving away like this in the future if you missed out on this one).
- Dress: Vogue 2940 Anna Sui design in J Crew silk/cotton voile, made by me
- Shoes: Yellow Box