This dress sort of just made itself. And what I mean by that, is that I didn’t intend to make it, it just sort of happened. I had been planning, for some time, a dress using that striped knit. I had sketched it a number of times, and knew just what I wanted. And then mysteriously, when I went to cut into it, I started cutting out a different dress all together. Como se wha? I know! Quality scope for a juicy sewing novel, for sure. I honestly don’t know what came over me, but suddenly I was cutting out a completely different design that had just materialized in my head at the moment of contact. It involved a small bit of this 80’s floral knit that a neighbor had given me, and I was halfway finished before I was like wait, what? How did this happen? At that point I was filled with remorse, because I really did want the dress that I had planning on making, and the one that was coming together wasn’t feeling very me-ish. When I finished, I was still feeling like the whole affair was sort of a bummer–I really liked the dress, but wasn’t loving it for me. I think I even threw around the word hate a few times, which may have been in the heat of the moment, but you know, this dress had hijacked my plans and I was feeling cheated and defensive.
Buuut, turns out I really like it. I know, because I’ve worn it a ton. True, it t isn’t completely me (I think it’s mostly the circle skirt that just isn’t my flavor), but it can be really nice to wear something that is refreshing and different from the bulk of what I have. And it’s reeaaally comfy, so that gives an unfair advantage over the rest of my dresses.
The deets. I think I used the Renfrew as a starting point, and just added the buttons and collar. The collar gave me some grief with gapage and what not, so I actually fished some elastic through the facing seam (my trusty old trick), to reign that sucker in. Worked, but not perfectly, as you can see in some pictures it kind of gathers where it ought not. The skirt is just your basic circle skirt, I tried to make it a bit hi-low, but that was mostly a fail as you can barely notice the difference. Not the first time I’ve under hi-lowed myself.
So your dying to know about my origional sketch? Patience, young ones. It turns out I had more than enough fabric to make it too. But I actually wear this one more though, funny enough; I think it’s the waistline on the other one, which I gotta fix that before I show you here. Also. How do you feel about my grown-out bang look? I felt just like Becky (Jessie’s wife) from Full house all night. I’m growing them out so I can chop my hair really short. I want it to be longer in front, and I think I’m almost there. Still nervous about it (you can see my current hair fantasies here), so tell me if I’m cray cray.