The “30 minutes to Spare” dress.
Fabric: Thrifted rayon jersey, $1/metre
Pattern: Butterick 3131 (sorta)
Time to complete: 30 minutes. Not kidding.
First worn: Haven’t had a chance yet, since we spent the weekend in a cabin in the woods.
Wear again?: Yes, but I’m waiting until it warms up a little.
Total cost: $2
I spent much of my free time last week refashioning a suit, accessorized by a silk-screened clutch, but it just wasn’t coming together as well as it could. I didn’t want to make any mistakes because I was working with a tailor-made dupioni suit that had belonged to my mother-in-law, Margaret.
Having abandoned my first idea, I looked up and saw this rayon jersey draped over my ironing board. Hmmmm…those tiny red dots would work well with that red leather belt that Margaret gave me…..and that would pass for this week’s theme in a pinch! So I grabbed Butterick 3131 and cut out a very rough front and back, plus a little extra length. The pattern recommends a woven fabric, cut on the bias, but I figured this drapey knit could be cut any ol’ way and work out. A little serging here and there and I had a dress. That was easy. Just don’t look at the hem. I SAID DON’T LOOK AT THE HEM.
On Friday evening, I got a call and was invited to spend the weekend at a cabane way out at Lac de l’Orignal (Lake of the Moose), which meant I had to get this done, photographed and uploaded on Friday night between kids’ bedtime and my bedtime. The photo above is the best I was able to do in a dark house with my self-timer. I tried to get some shots again in the morning, aided by my little “helpers”, and I managed to get the ones below. (I’m wondering where my 2-year-old learned to pose like that…)
Those who read my blog may know that I lost my mother-in-law recently. Having spent the early years of her marriage living with her own MIL who could be very, VERY difficult, she made every effort to be just the opposite to me. She was generous with gifts, hesitant to criticise and always afraid of causing offense. She was as far from the MIL stereotype as you could get.
Even though I didn’t get a chance to finish the gorgeous silk dupioni suit this time around, I still got to include a memory of my mother-in-law with this accessory. Thank you Margaret. For everything.