The “Dexter Night” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Liberty of London Tana Lawn – 3 yards of pink floral (from stash – ~$14 a yard)
Pattern: Colette Parfait pattern
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Zipper and two cover buttons – $10
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $~52
America's favorite serial killer gives me a reason to look forward to Sunday nights each week. No it's not the dark justice he doles out or the tense, scary twists that leave my jaw on the floor – it's the fact that each Sunday night I get to listen to Michael C. Hall's sardonic narration with my favorite people on Earth. Dexter night is friendship night.
It all started at a party last summer, where one of us mentioned the new season of Dexter (the one that followed the most epic season finale I have ever seen *spoiler alert*) was premiering the next week and we should all go over to the Novos (our best friends) house to watch it on their giant TV. Laughter happened after there was talk of eating all their food and drinking their booze. Somehow this turned into "seriously guys – come over every Sunday and bring food to share. We'll provide the aforementioned gigantic TV!"
Eight months later, we have mowed through season five of Dexter as well as season one and most of season two of Breaking Bad. Through these seasons, we've shared all kinds of meals – home cooked baked ziti, delivered pizza and a metric ton of cupcakes (including the awesome Dexter ones I made) – cracked all kinds of jokes, and enjoyed the heck out of each other's company. Thanks to this wonderful arrangement, we have a guaranteed date with our best friends each week!
As an homage to the show that started it all, I based my dress on one of my favorite characters on TV – Dexter's long-suffering wife, Rita. She is the epitome of sweetness and light, the perfect antithesis to Dexter's dark, brooding secrets.
Rita is always in some sort of sundress, usually floral, and I thought the Colette Parfait would be perfect for this sort of casually girly character study. After LOVING making this pattern last week for the childhood outfit challenge, I was ready to take it on again. Honestly, I would make this pattern hundreds of more times – it's adorable and very straightforward. The only issue I encountered was matching the yoke to the bust, but that is because I am yoke challenged in general.
The Tana Lawn fabric from Liberty of London has been waiting for a project like this for a long time. Houston and Miami (where the show is set) are both climates that ask for – NAY beg for – lightweight garments to ward off heat exhaustion, so this was the perfect fit for my wardrobe! Thankfully, I had exactly 3 yards of it left and it was plenty for this pattern – I usually end up short by a half yard!
Conclusion: like Dexter night, this Rita dress is going to be a big part of my life – I can see myself wearing it weekly and enjoying the heck out of it each time!
(BONUS: the whole gang dressed as the cast of Dexter – Brittany as Lila, Ryan (my hubby) as Dexter, Me as Rita, Erin as Deb, Scott as Angel Batista and Alla as Maria LaGuerta. Gotta love it when your friends care enough to agree to playing dress up for the internet to see – love you guys. See you Sunday!)