This is actually the second time that I've attached the Hollyburn skirt to a random dress bodice (the first go at that will be blogged about soon), and it's worked unexpectedly well each time. It seems to flawlessly fit any bodice that's fitted at the waist. I love the panel pockets and the swishiness of the skirt, so it didn't take much to convince myself to use it instead of the more dirndl-style that originally came with the pattern.
As for my materials, the star print is a stretch cotton poplin that turned out to be perfect for this pattern. Seriously, if you have a hankering for a star print Emery, you should totally get the kit Minerva Crafts is offering because I guarantee you will not find a more perfect fabric for this dress. I went swing dancing in this dress the night I took these pictures, and the fabric has the perfect amount of stretch for comfortable movement. I usually don't like dancing in woven dresses with sleeves, but this dress was totally fine.
I had some difficulty getting a good fuse on the collar, but I think that had more to do with my iron not wanting to cooperate than the fabric or interfacing. Overall, though, I like the collar. It's made from a non-stretch cotton poplin, and I had enough left over from the yard of it that I got from Minerva Crafts to make a bias facing for my hem. That certainly made the struggle of sewing a curved hem go a little more smoothly.
The only other change I really made to the dress (other than totally swapping out the skirt, heehee...) was that I did a lapped zipper instead of an invisible one. It turned out well, but I haven't had a chance to snap any pictures of the back because reasons. Just trust me, it looks hella fly.
Speaking of looking hella fly, we were having a vintage night for that dance, so of course I did a wet set on my hair. It turned out really well and I got compliments all night on it. I used that Aussie Instant Freeze hairspray on it, which is crazy strong, so by the end of the night my hair still basically looked like that and everyone thought it was magic.
|There was also a "vintage costume" contest. I didn't win, but I was the only person to receive applause during our descriptions (people always seem impressed when they learn that I made what I'm wearing).|
This was actually one of my favorite sets, and I think doing that little curly thing with my bangs is my new favorite way of styling them. It's more practical than doing a bumper bang, but it more stylish than just pinning them back.
Anyway, back to the dress, if you want to make one like this yourself, Minerva Crafts is selling a kit with the star print poplin, some white poplin for the contrast, enough interfacing, and a matching zipper.
P.S. Shoutout to my friend's Donna and Gina for taking such wonderful pictures at the vintage dance!