This fabric was super fray-y (which I don't remember from the last cotton fabric I worked with...any tips?) so I chose to do a little zig-zag binding to clean up the edges first:
But enough about that, here's the finished dress:
|BOOTS! Maybe next time white patent leather??|
|I just picked this picture because my butt looks good.|
*Third Dress Report Card*
PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: I've got to give Simplicity a C+ this time. Some of the steps were so poorly written it seemed like they were translated into English by a non-native speaker...for instance, you can ascertain that some words were come upon in a thesaurus but their message was not in all respects apprehended. Like that. So, yeah, some of it was hard to follow.
PATTERN SIZING: I still need help here. Correct sizing was THE goal this time, but the waist is still a little big. I am really glad that I cut out larger sleeves, though, and recommend you do the same. Also, some people complained the neck was too high. I have kind of a pencil neck, though, so I thought it was fine.
FABRIC CHOICE: Um, yes! I hope to work with some of Alexander Henry's more faboo prints in the future! I liked how this print had the vertical effect of stripes without the pain in the butt of actually sewing/keeping straight stripes. This fabric is not something I would have ever ever bought a dress in, but I like the dress absolutely in spite of that. I'm not a 70s girl, but think the almost neon flowers look good with this throwback style.
Another thing about this pattern, and patterns in general: I've told you that I'm a solid color person. I think I'm too...thrifty.....to buy bold patterns because they are harder to subtly cycle through your wardrobe. (I ♥ to layer.) But I'm learning that the fun of making your own clothes is that you're willing to cycle them more frequently. I would have never bought this dress, ever. But lord knows I needed the color, and now I'm happy to have it.
Fabric (first cut, plus added yard): $29.69
Notions (big ole spool of thread, wee bit of interfacing, zipper): $8.65
Total: $50.34...whoa, that was a lot more than I thought. Long sleeves, longer dress, more fabric.
PERFECT OCCASION: Seriously, the Food Network release party. It was fun, but business appropriate. Black, so slightly toned down, but electric poppies, so a little keyed up. Work party, fo' sho'.
WOULD I MAKE THIS DRESS AGAIN?: I'd like to try it in a solid. Is it too bold, or am I just too meager, to call this a "Statement Dress"? Oooo, my old ways are coming back! I do wonder how much sewing I'll do when this year long project is over. Probably, hopefully, just as much, but I don't know that I'll be able to keep up the dress pace. There are too many fun patterns out there. Like underwear.