This dress feels rather thrown together. It cost almost nothing, and came together this weekend. I have stared at this fabric in my sewing room for a long time with zero inspiration, and then all of a sudden I had a dress on my hands.
The husband saw this while I was leafing through my inspiration file last week. I turned it down at first, but the design stayed with me for a few days. I felt too lazy to make a front packet, opting instead for a round neckband-facing-extra-wide-binding.
Some time ago a colleague destashed and gave me several lengths of “What was I thinking?” material. This is a weird poly-cotton crepey nothing sort of fabric, but I have a thing for black and blue and plaid so decided to play. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Besides, it was free. I made up a pattern and realized I wouldn’t have quite enough fabric for a full skirt. Bother. I’m very much in the middle of a fluffy skirt phase, so a slim skirt simply wouldn’t do.
Some time ago, I drafted a blouse for this shadow-striped fabric, only to run into a similar issue- I didn’t have enough for the blouse. So I used it to contain the big wide plaid pattern. I like borders. The whole dress is very airy, perhaps too much so.
The fabric grew and stretched out of shape as I sewed it, the waist came out several inches bigger than I cut it. No matter, that’s why I have belts. I interfaced the front and back neck bands, but decided not to worry too much about controlling the fluid, drifting fibers. Sewing this crepe was like stitching cheesecloth. These shoes are a recent acquisition- all my work shoes were too much mended. I hate breaking in new shoes. I slipped my feet into these and they felt like comfy house slippers immediately. No breaking in!
I felt like climbing today when we took photos. I’m so out of practice in front of the camera, the whole exercise felt awkward. I hope you don’t mind the last shot, it was my favorite. This dress is so light, it kind of sits funny over my stiff tulle crinoline. I might line this skirt with a lightweight cotton voile to allow it lie more smoothly.
All in all, I don’t mind it, though it has its quirks. The fabric bunches a little bit under the belt, and blouses where I don’t generally like blousing. I’ve worn it twice and will probably reach for it repeatedly over the summer.