The “Hips Don’t Lie” Dress
Total Cost: ~$14
Considering the pink explosion that was my Slow and Steady Dress, I gave myself a little freedom with this challenge to let a little lavender slip into the palette. Still even with the lavendar, brown and coral, this dress passes the pink test: Does my daughter like the dress? Yes, then it's pink enough.
When I bought this fabric last weekend in St. Paul, I knew that it would end up as a wiggle dress. The yardage was minimal and the texture would lend itself to a close-fitting little number. I don't know how, but this dress only ended up requiring about 1 3/4 yards of 44" wide fabric. Having a pattern in my stash that is a such a small yardage wonder is always a good thing.
Well, I guess I know how it required so little fabric: it only has two pieces, the front and back of the dress. There are no facings (they are built into the main pattern pieces) and the belt is optional. That this dress took me four hours is kind of ridiculous. If I made it again, I should be able to knock it out in two. The problem arose with my inability to follow instructions with regard to the shoulder/neckline. That little overlapping shoulder part was far more complicated than it should have been. I never quite understood the instructions and decided to just wing it. It SHOULD NOT have been that hard, Vogue 8930! Anyhow, now that I know what to do, it shouldn't be such a time suck.
Oh, and this dressed passed the Mena Test (zipper can be omitted). The good news is that I didn't have to insert a zipper. The bad news is that 2 out of 3 times I try to get this dress off, I start screaming "I'm stuck" and I need my husband to help me out. But, hey, no zipper!
Here's the hat I bought in Minnesota last week:
This week is brought to you by my Spanx, which made wearing this dress possible. There's something about a wiggle dress that just makes me walk a different way. It's like my hips are crossing the street without me.