The “Lazy Weekend” Easter Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Cotton shirting from Fabric.com (3 yards at $1.95 a yard – huzzah!)
Pattern: Simplicity 2246
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 10 buttons – in stash
Time to complete: 6
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $5.85 <==== BAM. Let me preface this post with: can I get an Amen? For only about $6, I made a dress – yeeeaaah boooyy! Looking back at the cost makes me proud – I usually go straight for the expensive fabrics without realizing it and this time I found a great fabric for a great price. Yesss!
Being from a big Southern family I'm used to Easter being a big deal. We make a ham, we have lots of eggs to hunt and top the day off with a nap caused by acute eating-too-much-itis. It's basically like Thanksgiving with deviled eggs. Wait – we have deviled eggs then too. It's Thanksgiving without turkey.
This year is different though – my mom, grandparents, aunts and uncles are in Ireland on a trip. While they're off galavanting around the Emerald Isle, we're stuck at home with 90 degree weather. And no hams because we're too lazy grab one from the store. What – we're the kids?!? Yes I know I'm 30. Still at the kids table.
Anywho, since we have been abandoned by most of our clan, my beautiful sister Devon (pictured above) and I decided to take matters into our own hands. We celebrated Easter together with our father, my husband and Devon's boyfriend Max (hat tip to Max for the photos – he's AWESOME at taking photos!) complete with delicious food, chocolate bunnies and, of course, hats. You can't have Easter without a decent hat – and by decent, I mean from Target for like $12.
I scooped up this awesome Simplicity pattern from my local Joann's recently and I'm impressed by a few things: 1) the cover art isn't horrible, 2) it's as easy as listed and 3) the sizing is spot on. View C, the one I chose, was incredibly easy to work through with minimal issues and used basic techniques like gatering and piecing the collar to the top edge of the dress. On cool thing was that both the collar stand and collar piece were one (instead of seperate pieces like many shirt patterns), making construction super duper easy. Sometimes collars can be crazy making. My favorite part of this dress is the sleeves – they're gathered on both sides and finished off with a simple band. This style happens to be flattering on arms that … how should I put this? … don't have visible biceps. You know, like mine!
The fabric is a basic cotton shirting from Fabric.com and was shockingly well priced. As the gal who usually goes "Ohhh this is nice!" and then looks a the price tag ($200 a yard?! Wahh wahh waaaaahhh), this was a real treat – a whole dress for under $6!
The hat was a last minute Target find – I had planned on wearing a wide brimmed straw hat, but found this little beauty instead. Confession: I have it on backwards – and I like it that way! Makes me feel like a flapper!
I hope you and your family (even the ones who run away to Ireland – love you guys!) had a safe and happy holiday weekend!