April 14th marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Growing up, even prior to the film, I was fascinated with the ship. I loved its tragic story…the maiden voyage of a ship that was called “unsinkable” and the captain’s last journey before retirement. Then the movie came…and everyone had Titanic fever! Shouts of “I’M KING OF THE WORLD” could be heard from the highest peaks throughout the playground, and my bedroom became plastered in Titanic movie posters. I even had a Titanic themed birthday party, complete with film viewing and a cake done by the local bakery based on a drawing I did.
Flash-forward to today, I still love both the film and the actual ship. You’ll find me watching Titanic specials on the History Channel and reading each new book that is published on the topic. And on April 14th I have the chance to get gussied up with other wonderful gals to attend a Titanic themed tea hosted by Solanah of Vintage Vixen. Knowing I needed a dress, I became frantic before my mother came to my rescue, providing a box of patterns (we had bought loads of patterns back in 2005 when a fabric store was moving and all patterns were one dollar, my mum told me I could buy anything I wanted). And after much consideration, I picked out a pattern.
We then went to my new favorite haunt, Fabric Depot, to purchase fabric. I ultimately settled upon a deep, royal blue fabric that has a sheen to it and some black and silver trim. I’m going to stitch the silver over the black, making it look like one piece of trim, then put it on the dress. I’m opting for dress “A” – the red number on the right.
This is the most ambitious sewing project I’ve taken on. Sure, the Disneyland skirt was ambitious, but in a different way – that was painting, which isn’t nearly as scary as sewing. I hope to be blogging throughout the process. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take a turn for the worst like the Titanic itself. Wish me luck!