The Trackie Dacks Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Green Stretch Knit Tracksuit Pants, $2
Patterns: McCall's 4260 as a guide
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: To the movies on Sunday, June 2011
Wear again: Yes, on 'skinny' days
Total Cost: ~$2
Recycling, upcycling, refashioning, reusing! These are all wonderful things in my book and I've built much of my sewing 'career' around used, op shopped, thrifted and second hand materials. My first sewing adventures were with thrifted bedsheets and my mum's vintage patterns and quite possibly 90 % of my crafting, even today, is recycled or second hand.
For this week's theme, I searched my wardrobe for something that needed a new lease of life, and couldn't find anything I was inspired by. So I looked in my 'fix up' pile in my sewing room, and found these really soft green tracksuit pants! They were mountains too big, and I *think* I got them at an op shop thinking I would refashion them one day!
Yippee! That day has come!
After my formal outfit last week for Sew Weekly, I was totally ready for something very comfy and fitted and easy to sew up. And boy, stretch knits take no time!
Well, it should have taken no time, but I measured out how much fabric I had, and *thought* I could make a simple 'Built By Wendy' type dress. As the tracksuit pants were seamed everywhere (so four pieces all up) I didn't really want seams down the centre front and back of my dress.
Then I got thinking about those tube type dresses, with panels that are kinda princess seamed. Long, verticle strips of pattern pieces instead of blocked out bodice and skirt pieces. Is that a princess seam?
McCalls 4260 is a really sweet dress with skinny pieces, up the top, but flared down the bottom. I totally didn't have enough pants fabric to go with the flared, so I tried to 'shape' the pieces around my hips, and whilst it looks intentional and 'va va voom', I pretty much had to go with how little fabric I had. But! I'm super pleased with the dress, and it's kinda perfect for layering! Short and simple!
These really simple dresses (and a few of my Built By Wendy stretch ones) are so comfy, and since I don't wear jeans or tracksuit pants, I call this style of 'comfort' dress my Trackie Dacks Dress. They're so easy to throw on and slouch around in! Never heard of 'Trackie Dacks'? Have a look at this ABC news story! Just an ordinary abbreviation in Australia!