Just in time for Halloween is my new Dracula dress!
I am a huge classic film buff, with my favorites being from the 20’s and 30’s. I’ve always especially loved classic horror flicks and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is the epitome of awesome to me. The only classic horror “villain” I love more Boris Karloff’s The Mummy. I grew up watching probably every incarnation of the Mummy movies as my mom has many of them in her collection.
This is yet another version of one of my TNT pattern’s — Butterick 5982. This is my fourth version and probably my favorite! Nothing much different from my other versions, except that I did not line it and altered the back bodice of the pattern with a little tuck. And of course, it’s graded up. I love having TNT patterns like this that I can sew up pretty quickly. These one took about 5-6 hrs from cutting to finishing. I don’t time myself, but that’s my guess-timate. Admittedly, I also am not the fastest sewer, so perhaps others may take less time to sew this up.
This favorite is the Dracula print fabric from the Robert Kaufman Classic Horror Films Collection. I picked this fabric up from Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley. It’s a quilting weight cotton, but not too stiff as other quilting cottons can be. I’m planning on getting the Frankenstein print to make Mr H a shirt with as that is his favorite movie monster.
Since I didn’t line this dress and don’t like facings, I finished the neckline and armscyes with bias tape. The seams are finished with my serger.
I got a lot of compliments when I wore this dress the other day, with a few people wanting me to make them one. Um…. no….. I also don’t think that they would want to pay $70-$100 for a dress….
I wore this dress over the weekend on a visit to Yosemite. Mr H took these photos in front of El Capitan and he hates taking photos…. thus the reason why I took some more at home.
And look who I found in Yosemite?
That’s Laurence (Quirky Pretty Cute) who is visiting Northern California from The Netherlands. We (Mr H and I) had a nice lunch and a long chat with Laurence and her husband. It was super fun to hang out with them in my “backyard”. They sure are getting to see a lot on their trip from the Napa Valley to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the eastern Sierras, the Sequoias and San Francisco. 🙂
Speaking of San Francisco, I was there the other day and got to meet another awesome sewing blogger — Shams (Communing with Fabric)! We were at Britex for a meet and greet with Patricia Field. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic of us! I can be bad about that…. It sure was a fun weekend!
- Dress: Butterick 5982 in Robert Kaufman Dracula fabric, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens cork wedges
- Sunglasses: ModCloth