A while ago I got Famous Frocks, a book which, if you haven’t heard of it, has 10 patterns based on iconic dresses.
I’ve seen mixed reviews of this elsewhere on sewing blogs; for me the attraction was that it was £10 for 10 patterns, a couple of which looked like nice basics I wanted, such as a decent wrap dress (inspired by Farah Fawcett), a cowl-neck dress (Audrey Hepburn) and a shift dress (Jackie O, of course).
When it arrived, I really like a couple of the others too – Rita Hayworth especially, I have some perfect fabric for.
The crux is, I got a big haul of fabric recently and did some planning on what I’m going to use it for. All of which is helping me towards Me Made May and a holiday in June which I want to have some pretty stuff made for. I had a bit of a Diana Ross dress disaster, which I’m going to attempt to fix, but the next try was Farrah Fawcett.
I like the look of wrap dresses, but can never get one which fits right across my chest (vests would have to come into play) – so I figured making one for myself was worth a go.
My camera decides focus is not happening when it’s losing battery, hence this spectacularly fuzzy view.
The fabric’s this nice black and white striped cotton from Remnant Kings; it’s a bit of a strober when sewing right-side-up but fine from the wrong side.
I love black and white stripes; so happy they’ve come back in as it means – although I’m not much for trends as such – I can stock up on them until the next time.
You might glimpse my little pile of next projects here – turquoise and flowered viscose and black jersey.
The main issue I had was fastening the dress. I tried a couple of options before landing on a combination of ribbon and hook and eye, so that there’s no gape at the neckline.
I also sewed a dart in the non-wrapped side, to make it sit a little better.
So that’s that! I’d use the pattern again, but probably with a soft jersey rather than a cotton. And I’d do the long sleeves.
Any Famous Frocks fans out there?