The “Summer Luvin'” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Floral polyester from Jo Ann's ($4 a yard plus 40% off with coupon – yess!)
Pattern: Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2250
Year: c. 2010
Notions: 12" invisible zipper (from stash)
Time to complete: 4
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$7
There is just something about floral prints that I'm drawn to this year – especially ones with a pretty watercolor effect! So it's no surprise that I did one of these when I saw this pretty fabric from across the room. Upon closer inspection, it was made of polyester. After a bit of mental back and forth about the horrors of this material, I decided to go for it!
Things I have learned about polyester: 1) it's slippery and 2) it's hot to wear outside. Sewing with it was a bit of a challenge because it slips and slides all over the place when you're trying to cut it. When you're done with it, riding your bike down the street to take a photo is a sweating situation. That said, this might be a perfect vacation date-night dress – I can see it fitting in perfectly in breezy Mexico for an after-hours walk on the beach (Hint hint husband person).
Simplicity's Cynthia Rowley dress pattern, however, performed like a champ! The sizing was dead on, the construction (even the crazy darts) was easy and the pattern has enough variation to make again later.
In conclusion – I like this dress a lot. It's bright, fun and fits nicely! Would I wear this dress again? Absolutely! Will I ride my bike in 90 degree weather in it? No. But I would in a linen version.