Or the “Social Dress.” A few weeks ago, I bulk sewed a batch of Oliver + S Ice Cream dresses for my small daughter and toyed with the idea of a grown-up version. I like the yoke feature, and I am sure it would be breezy on a hot day. The cut screams for an interesting print.
The yoke is a biggish scrap leftover from making tencel cargo shorts for my husband. A friend gifted me the printed voile- thanks, Enid! The velvet spots on poly-organza came to me via another friend’s stash. Viola, pretty fabric for a classy mu-mu.
I drafted, cut, and stitched without permitting myself to ponder whether I should wear a Trapeze-style dress. I know I should not. It’s not considered “flattering” for many figure types. The last time I could successfully wear a dress like this, I was reading Anne of Green Gables.When I finished the dress I slipped it on and immediately thought “There’s no way in hell I’m going outside wearing this.” I began plotting the ways to alter it…
- Completely shirred waist section
- Just a few lines of shirring to “help” the belting
- Darts, tucks, or pleats. This would work well I think, but I would need to insert a zip as well.
- Cut it off a little above my waist for a breezy top
- Cut a short-sleeved top from the main panel
Before I started re-fashioning my spanking-new dress I thought I should take a few photos. For documentation. Once I combed my hair, put on makeup, stockings, shoes and a belt the dress was transformed. I even walked to the bottle-o for some port, so technically I wore it “out.”
I remembered seeing pattern envelopes featuring similar “mu-mu to belted street dress” patterns. Is this an interesting and practical lesson from casual vintage clothing? Or is a tent, even a pretty tent, still an unappealing article of clothing? Would you alter?