welcome home dress, take two
First, an update on the pattern. It’s actually McCalls 7084, not Simplicity. I don’t know why I had Simplicity in my head-I wrote it on every pattern piece in Sharpie (twice) as I was tracing it. And a sad note for this pattern. When I unfolded it, I found it was in bad shape, with tearing and even some crumbling along the edges. Yikes! So I’ve gone ahead and made two copies. One is on my usual tissue to use for sewing, and one onto old gift-wrap paper (is that up-cycling? I’m not sure) so I could have a sturdy copy for when I want to make it again later. So the good news is that it’s available for people to use later, and I’m also going to photocopy the instructions for posterity.
Ok, I’m still working on this fabulous vintage rayon:
And I was going to use Butterick 5209, but now I’m not so sure. I’m now leaning towards Simplicity 7084, a cool vintage pattern form the mid 1940s, but I’m not sure if I should underline or line it, or neither. I’d do the cap sleeve version, which would make it easier to line-but I have no fabric suitable for lining. I have some dark brown rayon bemberg, but I really doubt that would work well. I could go out and find some polysester in town tomorrow, but do I want to use polyester? Am I being a snob? I could order more rayon in a light beige, but would it arrive in time? Or should I just skip lining (I don’t want to do that either).
Another option is the backup dress I purchased….. but all my sewing friends would be sad if I wore a dress that I didn’t make.
Option Three: Make a dress with some stash fabric and save the rayon for later. I have a lovely lightweight cotton broadcloth, and I’ve been planning to make it up into the Coffee Date Dress, with thanks to the Selfish Seamstress for her sweet free pattern!
Help! What should I do? I don’t know. I want to look beautiful when I collect my husband from his twelve month deployment, but I just don’t know what to wear! I feel shallow, worrying about my outfit, but I really do love fashion and I’m excited to plan a special outfit for this big day. And I need to look fabulous. All the wives have been looking forward to this day for about a year, so we’re all planning special outfits. I’m rambling, but I need to get back to tracing my pattern. I won’t cut any fabric till I get some advice-it’s too late here for me to make good decisions.