Hey Betty, it's Halloween!
And here we are! 31st of October, All Hallows Eve! So Happy Halloween to y’all! What have you got planned for this holiday? As it is very famous here in North America, I wanted to use this excuse to get dressed up and write a post about it. So I went to Summit Park and played the part of a witch, just for you guys! This park is located in the Westmount area of Montreal, a very fancy place with some amazing houses. For this costume I took with me one of my favourite dresses (yes another one!); the Betty dress from Sew Over it. It is very 50’s vintage with an amazing circle skirt.
I’ve wanted to make this pattern for a very long time now, especially after I saw House of Pinheiro’s version during spring – I was dying to make one. So when the pattern became available in PDF last month, I told you here that I would probably buy it and make it. And that’s what I did almost straight away! If I had known before I would have bought the paper version to be honest as the PDF version requires the printing of a LOT of pages which is a shame. Every page needs to be stuck onto another and you basically end up with 4 pages making up the size of one…. Not good for the environment! But once you’ve done that, the instructions are nice to read and are clear and easy to understand.
Right before I started this dress, Lisa blogged her latest version of it and I liked it even more: the scooped neckline is so nice, and the sleeves are a really nice idea for an autumn/winter dress. Sadly, I didn’t have enough fabric to make the sleeves as the circle skirt already requires a very large amount of fabric!!! I had just enough of my 2 meters to complete this dress. So I have to wear this dress with a cardigan but next time I’ll definitely try to make sleeves, even short ones. I did the scooped neckline like Lisa, and extended it by 2.5 cm in the centre. I used Lisa’s tutorial to do it: she advices you to keep a straight line in the middle by 2cm before starting to curve it and this worked well. Don’t forget to do the same on the lining!
The circle skirt is a full circle which gives an amazing result! You should know that the pattern offers only one length for the skirt so you should measure it out beforehand to know exactly how long you want the skirt to be. Straight away I took 6cm off of what the pattern suggested and then cut into my fabric. Sadly it was still way too long so I had to cut off another 4cm which was really hard, especially with such a viscose fabric: I tried to have the same length everywhere but it was like hell. Next time I’ll take off about 12cm from the pattern straightaway to be sure. I used a tulle fabric as a lining for the skirt to have the best 50’s effect possible. You could also use a petticoat which would scratch less than tulle. I haven’t found a good one yet, any advices on where to purchase?
I love the V neckline so much! It is so fancy! Obviously you see it here with a witch’s hat, fake eyelashes (yes, sadly they are not real) and make-up but I can tell you that this dress has amazing potential! To dress fancy for a night out, or with a cardigan and boots for a casual look, I can’t get enough of spinning around to make the skirt fly in the air.
Regarding the fabric I bought it at Annaka Bazaar shop, and it is the viscose Black Wind which is now sold out. When you see a fabric that you like there you should purchase it straight away as they sell out very fast! It is a very nice soft viscose and very smooth so it is perfect for this type of dress. Be careful when you sew it though as it moves very easily. I recommend you put it on a coat-hanger as well as the fabric could move during the night and you could end up with an unequal hem.
This dress is for sure one of many more and I can’t wait to find my fabric for the next one. For the moment though I should just go make some pumpkin soup and give out some candy… HAPPY HALLOWEEN AGAIN!
Dress : Homemade
Tights : H &M
Halloween accessorises : Dollarama (CA)
Photographs : Park Summit, Montréal