That’s the only way to describe the Monica dress from Pinup Girl Clothing!
I would say that 90% of my wardrobe has dresses & skirts that all are either full circle skirts or have full skirts, so I can wear my pettiskirts underneath. I could wear the figure hugging wiggle dresses but I wouldn’t be able to eat or drink anything (Ha!) and I really don’t feel absolutely comfortable wearing them.
However there is always an exception! I saw this dress on Pinup Girl Clothing and did the ssssssiiiiiigggggghhhhhh. I neeeeeeeeeeed that dress.
So I waited patiently until MisKonduct Clothing had it in stock and in my size and bang bang, that baby was mine.
Since I have had this gorgeous dress, I haven’t actually had any significantly special (non eating!) events come up that I could wear it to, so until that special date occurs it will sit waiting in my wardrobe.
The best thing about this dress…no bra!! I mean I don’t have to wear a bra. It’s full lined with a stretchy shaping fabric and has the amazing ability to hold all the wobbly bits in nice & tight. The added bonus is the draping effect of the fabric is very flattering.
I won’t buy a dress if it ends above the knees, I am fussy and it means that so many dresses are automatically on the no buy list, simply because I have varicose veins on the backs of my knees. Nothing dramatic & worth getting medical intervention for but it’s just enough to cause some anxiety for me. So rather than be stuck in pants forever, I work around it and only buy dresses that end past the knee. Thankfully this dress does end past the knee!
MisKonduct has the Monica dress in stock, they have amazingly fast delivery if you buy online, you can also buy the Monica dress online at Pinup Girl Clothing and they have it in many gorgeous colours so knock yourself out!
Now I just have to wait for a special occasion to wear it to!
It’s taken me 2 whole years to finish sewing a dress. I know it sounds bad but there is a story behind why it took me so long.
I found the pattern for this dress 1958 Ladies’ Party Dress on the Sense & Sensibility website. My friend who sews told me about this pattern all those years ago and I decided that this was the dress that I would start my sewing journey with.
The pattern was bought online, downloaded as a PDF, printed into a million (well it felt like that) pages and then I had this huge jigsaw pattern to stick together. All of that I did with no real hassles. The next thing I did was trace the pattern onto tracing toile so that I didn’t have to cut up my giant jigsaw puzzle, plus the thought of sticking paper onto fabric and then trying to pin it & cut…yeah…no thanks.
So tracing the pattern was easy. Then I realised half way through tracing that I was copying my shop bought clothing size – not my true size. SHITE…start tracing again. I wasn’t happy about it but at the time I was thinking it would be better than cutting the fabric and it’s too small.
Then I had darts….darts at the back and front of the bodice and I just froze. I had no idea how to copy those darts from the pattern to the fabric. No idea at all.
So everything was folded up and put into the bottom of a box and I decided that perhaps I needed to go and do some sewing lessons. One of the first things I learnt to do in those first few weeks of my sewing lessons was transferring the dart from the pattern paper/toile to the fabric. I had a burst of enthusiasm and I pulled the fabric out of storage and transferred my darts, pinned them down ready for stitching aaaaaand then put everything back into storage.
Fast forward almost two years and I needed to finish that dress off. However…I learned a few things over the years.
1. Wash your fabric – yup…I didn’t wash my fabric before cutting it.
2. Make a toile – yup…I didn’t make a toile and I discovered that my torso is short so quite often I have to adjust the bodice of any dresses / tops that I make so that they fit.
3. I cut rather large notches on my fabric – a simple straight short cut is all that is needed…not my giant year 7 sewing class triangle notch (I was doing what I was taught all those years ago!).
4. Lining – didn’t even think for a minute that I would need to add lining to my bodice. I ended up having enough fabric so I self lined it and it turned out perfectly.
I start sewing, matching my giant notches and trying on my toile/real bodice and it was a tight fit. I was seriously wondering if this dress would fit once I put the zip in.
Meh…just keep going.
It’s cool, so what if it doesn’t fit me, at least it’s practice. I sometimes stress so much that what I am making won’t work or fit or look any good but I have to remind myself that even if I fail at least I tried and at least I am getting practice and using the skills I have learnt.
Sure enough it all came together and with my brand new overlocker I was even able to finish off all my raw edges.
I took a deep breath in and zipped her up and what do you know…it fit!
If I had to make any changes I would actually lower the bodice a little – maybe half an inch to an inch and I would make the skirt a bit longer. Otherwise this dress is awesome and will be worn this coming Spring/Summer.
I have already received a compliment wearing this dress (it was a mild day so I HAD to wear it out!). I went to Spotlight where I bought the ‘Deck Chair’ fabric from originally and one of the ladies working behind the cutting counter said my dress was beautiful and when I told her that I bought the fabric here she said “I know”.
The deck chairs are navy & white and goes perfectly with my navy shoes and cute vintage navy purse I picked up at The Vintage Emporium in Tyabb this past weekend.