A Dress for Sipping Sangria | Veronica Darling
Fabric: floral stretch knit, thrifted $2
Notions: none, just overlocker threads
Time to complete: 1 hour
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes, it's perfect!
Total Cost: ~$2
Whilst Australia is very multicultural and here in Melbourne we have stronge Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish, African, Chinese and Greek communities spread all through the city, I don't really think about any cultural influences when I sew. But hey! I do love a good floral print! And Spanish & Latin culture have heaps of flower themes! I'd already made up this floral dress and then realised it would work perfectly for this week's theme, and it would be a GREAT excuse to visit my friend's bar and drink their gorgeous homemade SANGRIA!
I've been pretty busy with work these past two weeks, as the springtime music festivals have started touring around the country, and I organised a big radio broadcast from one of the Melbourne ones. Of course I needed new duds, for the music scene is fashionable beyond belief, but also that were comfy to work in! I had contemplated the old leggings from last week's pink theme, but as we wear black work tshirts I thought maybe a floral pop of colour print would be great.
This thrifted floral stretch stuff has a feel like stockings but a bit more heavy duty and more cotton than nylon (maybe), and considering I had over 3 metres of it, I tried a skirt first (but realised I'd cut it on a botched printing part of the fabric) so made this dress (without the sleeves first) by laying down a singlet (to get the neckline right) on the fold for both back and front pieces. Adding binding for the neckline and armholes, I tried it on, and it was too big and floppy at the sides! Instead of fixing it for the music festival, I changed my mind and wore a black mini dress with leopard print tights instead. AND, when I had a bit more time to think about Sew Weekly, the botched skirt became a refashion; I made floppy sleeves and voila! A Spanish looking wiggle dress for Spanish Harlem week!
Sometimes sewing with stretch fabrics is so quick and easy, you feel like it's cheating! I did re-overlock the side seams to make it tighter, but I may need to do it again, as for a stretch dress it's not very form fitting and still a little loose in parts. Maybe there's just more room for extra Sangria? YUM!
My friends run this gorgeous bar called Mr Wilkinson, and for our first 'daylight savings' evening after work (this Monday gone!), Husbie and I had to call by and order a Sangria jug! So maybe there's more latin influence in my life than I thought, with conversations and storytelling, drinking and laughing in my community on a warm(ish) Monday night, with my loud floral dress and of course… my big hair.