Project Plans

Gunne Sax dresses - they were a line by Jessica McClintock popular in the 1970s-1980s in the U.S., floaty as an intoxicated, bohemian fairy. I've wanted to live in them exclusively since I found my first in a thrift store when I was about 16. Characteristics include:

  • prairie or victorian vibes
  • most often floor-length and long-sleeved
  • tiered skirt and fitted bodice
  • mixed patterns or solids
  • lace trim and laced bodices

Vintage ones can still be found on sites like Etsy, some in good condition, but I've opted to make my own. I love the cut and the feel of them, but I want to wear modern patterns, fabric combinations, and colors. I also want them to read as new garments and to get a lot of use out of them.

I also want to modify them to my lifestyle. I live in an often cold, always dirty city, and I teach children a lot of the time. However, I always want to wear floor-length, floaty dresses that are more suited to springtime in a park than bolting for a subway, walking through dirty, snow puddles for 15min at a time, or dancing with 4yr olds. Modifications:

  • pockets (always pockets)
  • lower half of skirt will be removable
  • wiggle room in bust and waist for fluctuating weight
  • beautiful but durable fabrics

Here are the patterns I've purchased to far: