The Little Dress That Could
Total Cost: ~$6.85
For me, the most wonderful thing about sewing is the potential that exists when starting a project. Even as overwhelming my stash can be at times, it's quite fun to step into my sewing room and know that in a couple hours time something will exist that's completely unique and previously unimagined.
This is one of those sort of dresses that I had no clue I was going to create until the moment I sat down at my machine.
I had read about this one-hour dress last week and wanted to give it a try using some material that I wouldn't mind trashing if the one-hour thing ended up looking like a one-hour thing. Enter this rayon-linen blend that I bought in January. The fabric was from a $1.95 a yard pattern sale from Fabric.com. I thought it was sort of cute when I saw it online but when it came, I really didn't like it at all. It was delegated to the bottom of my stash and I pretty much forgot about it until this weekend. The funny thing was that when I pulled out this fabric I suddenly thought it was way too cute to waste on a potential disaster.
Simplicity 2591 just happened to be on my sewing table for another project I hadn't yet started. And as Max from Hart to Hart used to say "… when they met it was murder." Maybe not murder, but a potentially cute Summer dress.
This pattern was much harder to work with than it should have been because I couldn't find the instructions. I had to go from the pattern pieces and general rules of construction — everything was straightforward until it came to the pockets. Even so, I was still able to make the dress without any real headaches or tears. Because of the stretch of the fabric and because I wanted a less-fitted, more relaxy summer dress, I omitted the zipper and simply stitched up the back. I love when I can do that.
Like the batik fabric from this dress, I'm seeing a trend of meh fabric turning into fabulous dresses. I've already received a ton of compliments about this little dress that could.