It didn't take long, because the answer is - one. Just one. So now everything else on the collage is 12 months older, and therefore even more shameful.
|The lucky winner!|
This fabric got made up because Marie and Kerry invited me to contribute to the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge July Extravaganza, and I knew that I wanted to make up one of my vintage patterns rather than a re-issue; without this prompt my total could have been a big fat zero!
The end result is called the Rosalind dress, after Rosalind Franklin and her work on the double-helix structure of DNA.
Most of the details about the dress are in the post on Marie's blog here, but I thought I'd write up the pocket construction as it caused a lot of frustration but produced perfect 1950s pockets.
First the flaps are made up.
|Symmetrical pocket flaps|
Then the flap and the pocket front are sewn onto the centre front panel of the skirt. I used plain white cotton for the pocket fonts, as the main fabric would have been too bulky.
|The three pieces sewn together|
Then the pocket front is flipped to the inside, and the pocket back/ side panel of the skirt is attached. I was pleased with the pattern matching, but initially completely mystified by the line of the skirt side seam.
|Showing the extra fabric in the pocket|
Once the sides are aligned, the 'jutting pockets' of the pattern description become clear.
|The shape of the flaps keeps them clear of the side seam|
When I was in London at the start of the month I visited What Katy Did, and bought some fabulous Splendette earrings and some stocking with green seams, so this seemed like a good reason to take some more photographs of the dress.
|Showing off the earrings|
|And the stockings|
So now the question is; can I do better in 2017? Because let's face it, I'd be hard-pressed to do any worse!