The “Defying Gravity” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 3 yards of poly poplin in black and 2 yards of bright green cotton lawn
Pattern: Simplicity 2180
Year: c. 2011
Notions: None – I omitted the zipper
Time to complete: about 5 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes – a thousand times yes!!
Total Cost: ~$30
Let me just preface this post with saying I am not always the easiest person to get out to the theater. I can't sit still, I have to pee every 5 minutes and I don't always pay the best attention to the action ("Who is that? Why did he do that?!" My poor husband). Simply said: I am not a regular theater goer and it takes a lot for me to say "WOW! That was so much fun!" (Sidebar – Major props to the actors, set designers, costumers (!!!) and all the rest of the folks in the production – they are all amazing at what they do and better people that me enjoy the heck out of theater, Mr. Gabbart included!)
All that said, I would see Wicked 10 times. Maybe 20. I LOVED it – it was so funny, the cast was so talented and I had so much fun! When we were roped into seeing the production as part of a group a few years back, I even stayed after to get the autograph of the actress that played Elphaba. I giggled all the way through "Popular." I was literally brought to tears during the song "Defying Gravity." Dang it y'all – I love a play!
For this week's theme, I wanted to emulate the cover image of the Wicked Playbill – black with a swoop of bright green. Simplicity 2180 was perfect for this – it had a back tie that was easily made in a green and added just enough of the color to make it a neat detail and not eye burning bright! The pattern was very easy and, thanks to the Mena test, no zipper was required. Disclaimer: it's a bit of a yoga move to get in the dress, but once you're in there it's all good. Until you have to get out, but again – yoga. Super easy.
If my camera wouldn't be such a hater (please excuse the blur!), you would be able to see how awesome this dress is and how it is so cute and flattering! I love this dress almost as much as I love Wicked!