Wednesday, 26 January 2011

RAF dress

I'm partial to a flyboy. The RAF blue and the moustache just do it for me. As such, I couldn't resist when I came across  this aeroplane fabric in a lovely blue.
I used the same pattern I used to make my blue spotty dress, the Decades of Style House Dress #4002, 1942.
As I found last time I made this dress, it's very quick and east to put together. I did struggle with the collar again and I'm beginning to think it's the pattern and not me! Still, I think it came out very well and I'm going to wear it to my Lindy Hop lesson I'm taking this weekend!
I didn't add the pockets as I thought they would break up too much of the pattern. The rikrac, though, is great and I find it very helpful for tidying up my seams! I more than doubled the number of buttons used as the last dress I made had a tendancy to gape. As I'll be wearing this as a dress and not a housedress, I thought the more buttons the better!

17 comments:

  1. I have the original of that one (Simpliciy 1218) but, alas, haven't gotten around to making it yet. I love your airplane print! These housedresses are great for using quirky prints like that, aren't they?

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  2. Love the print! The ric-rac works really well with the blue- lovely!

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  3. That'a a fab dress and very vintage looking. I love the aeroplane print too - it makes the dress so original. Lovely!

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  4. Now...if only it would warm up enough to wear it

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  5. Oh it's lovely Lauren, you'll look fab Lindy Hopping in it! Love the fabric. x

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  6. LOVE! My you are being prolific so far this year, aren't you? ;) Great fabric and a great dress!

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  7. Could this housedress be any more adorable?! Better hide it when visitors are over; your women friends might actually try to smuggle it into their bags. I just LOVE this!

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  8. Lovely lovely lovely!
    Where did you find that print? And so good for dancing in, well done!

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  9. Oh me! Oh my! Oh WOW!!!!!!!

    What an AWESOME make!!! and that fabric! :) Can't WAIT to see you in it!

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  10. Good luck with lindyhopping, I went to my first lesson last Monday, it was awesome! Is yours with the Hoppin Mad people? That dress is perfect for it, the ric-rac is just too cute :D

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  11. Beautiful dress! I love the fabric, so cute. And I'll have to agree about the 40s RAF flyboys, irresisteble... =)
    Have fun lindy hopping! It really is the best dance in the world, just pure joy. I tried other dances, took beginners classes in at least 4-5 other types of dances. But then I discovered lindy 5 years ago and since then it has bit by bit become more of a lifestyle than just a hobby. And I'm loving it! =)

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  12. Thank you for all of your lovely comments - they all make me smile!
    To answer the questions, the dance workshop is with www.swingdancebristol.com They're running an 8 hour course over this weekend - I figure if I can't learn something in 2 days of intensive study, I never will. Pictures to follow!
    And the fabric is from John Lewis, they had it in a pale beige (maybe, not certain on that) colourway too.

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  13. Very pretty! You talented lady :) x

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  14. Hi Lauren, I have just found your blog and thought I would let you know that the flyboy in he photo at the top is my Grandfather - Terry Prendergast. One of the kindest and most inspirational men you could ever meet :o) Sadly he passed away a few years back but we still think of him frequently and it was a lovely surprise to find him on your site.

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