The “Houston is for Lovers” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 3 yards of cotton red/black heart shirting material ($1.95 yd)
Pattern: Simplicity 2248
Year: c. 2010
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes – for Valentine’s Day
Total Cost: $6 (BAM!)
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I love me some cheese. No not cheddar (though that would be nice) the kind of cheese that comes with February 14th: hearts, chocolate boxes, giant teddy bears and a dozen roses. Yes I know that’s kind of sad.
It’s Valentine’s Day kitch that inspired my dress for this week’s challenge – a bright red retro number with a bow front, yoke back and tons of little black hearts all over. Joan Jett has nothing on my black hearts!
On many previous posts (most notably by Veronica and Mena) I have marvelled at how they were able to look past the hideous pattern cover and create something gorgeous. This week my goal was to do the same and as a result, I rescued this Simplicity pattern from the give away pile (seriously you guys – what are you thinking with these pattern covers!?!)
The fabric was a simple cotton shirting that was easy to work with, but a bit more sheer that originally thought. It was easy to remedy this with a black slip (note to young ladies out there: your mother was right; there apparently is an occasion to use a slip!)
After the dress was complete, me and the hubby (seen here doing some amazing dance move! Best. Husband. Ever.) set out to Houston’s Hermann Park for a photo shoot with the lovely Erin. It is AWESOME to have friends that are amazing photographers as well as super amazing friends.
This is now going to be my go to Valentine’s Day dress! What do you like to wear for a night out with your sweetie? Tell us in the comments!