Yes, you read that right. I am naming my dress after a hairstyle that was sported by someone who belted the 90's horror known as Achy Breaky Heart, but I make no apologies. This dress truly is business in the front and a party in the back! If you'd like your own honky-tonk hairdo dress then you'll need to pick up a copy of Vogue 1102.
Let me say thought that this dress has not been without it's fair share of drama. When will our patterns learn that drama is so high school? Anyways, after carefully studying the finished bust measurements I decided that I should cut a size 16, instead of my usual 14. This was a big mistake! When I tried on the dress last night I immediately deemed it the hot pink mullet maternity dress. Seriously, octomom could have worn this dress right until the point she popped. It was gargantuan. So, today I did some terribly quick and dirty side seams take ins and called it good. Luckily, since I will never allow anyone who knows how to sew see the inside, my terrible alterations will always be my dirty little secret.
- Pattern: Vogue 1102, a modern pattern from Joanns $3.99
- Size 16 and I would definitely cut a 14 next time. Truly, I need to cut a 12 for my high bust and do a FBA.
- Fabric: Hot pink broadcloth from an estate sale ~$.75 ( I still have a few yards of this stuff left)
- Directions: The directions are really good for this pattern. I would recommend cutting four ties ends, sewing right sides together, and then turning if your fabric has a definite wrong side. The wrong side of the fabric is visible when you make the bow. You also might want to do this if you're in a hurry since it does take a while to make narrow hems on them.
- Shoes: St. John's Bay, from JcPenney
- Brooch: I believe this was from Belk.
P.S. Today, while thrifting, I bought a 1960's vintage union made winter coat with bound buttonholes and it's red. Pictures to come!