This is a catch-up post, since I made this dress to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. I am at the point of my Handmade Wardrobe journey where I am making items on an as-needed basis. As in, I needed a dress to wear to Thanksgiving.
I found this great striped fabric at Jo Ann’s, and while I really love those wide stripes, it is just not wearing that well. Nothing horrible, but it has faded and is pilling a bit and also pulling where the stitches are on the neckline, almost like the start of a run in a stocking. I keep trying to get a ‘bargain’ on fabric, (bargain fashion shopping is engrained in my psyche) even though the entire philosophy behind why $5.00 sweaters exist in the first place is a whole lotta ‘ugh.’
The dress pattern is Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress. It’s an intensely gratifying sew, and I plan to make a couple more for summer. I modified it a bit, having made the pattern before. I don’t quiiite remember now, but I’m pretty sure I maybe raised the waist a half inch or inch, and took out the curve so it just cuts straight across. I love the 3/4 sleeves, too, it’s my favorite sleeve length. I didn’t wind up hemming these at all, they curl up nicely. I actually do mean to go back and hem them (I think I ran out of thread at the 11th hour…?). I added a LOT of length to the hem…eight inches or so, which gave me enough fabric for a nice fat hem that I wound up really loving. I think the extra weight at the bottom of the skirt helps it swing a bit nicer.
I finished the neckline with some black bias tape, which you normally don’t do with knits, but I knew this fit over my head no problem, and I like the contrast edge.
The main reason it’s taken three months to blog a project, is that it’s rather difficult to figure out a way to get photos of yourself. I’ve done tripod and timer, and a lot of husband-takes-the-photos. This time, my friend Amy took them for me. She’s pretty amazing, just look through these. Really, go look. So I showed up with a couple of dresses, handed her my camera (she handed me a mimosa) and we hung outside in the 12 degree weather while our kids stared out the window thinking it was all perfectly normal. I saw this quote on Instagram awhile back, and it’s so true!
WHEN YOU FIND PEOPLE
WHO NOT ONLY
TOLERATE YOUR QUIRKS
BUT CELEBRATE THEM
WITH CRIES OF “ME TOO!”
BE SURE TO TREASURE
WEIRDOS ARE YOUR