The “Accessorize with Anything” Dress
Fabric: Cotton with 3% Lycra ($8 on sale @ $2 per yard)
Pattern: Simplicity 2247
Notions: Metal buttons, $3
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? I think so.
Total Cost: ~$11
Is it bad to decide a dress around an accessory you don’t even own yet? Because that’s what I did this week – made a back-to-class dress to go with the new bag I was hoping for as a birthday present, and lo! The birthday present showed up early!
But really, this is a basic dress that accessorizes with pretty much anything. The blue pinstripe and pattern were both in my stash, and the pattern is one that I’d like to use for my Make this Look later this month so it was a chance to work it up before busting out the more expensive wool crepe.
For such a basic outfit though, this took me a ridiculous amount of time to finish. I basted together a fitting stage. I put the facings in, didn’t like them, took them out and made my own. In the meantime I tore the bodice and had to cut another one (fortunately I had an extra yard of fabric). I basted the zipper in, realized I didn’t need it, and took it out and sewed up the back. I set the sleeves several times before finally figuring out what was going wrong with them.Now that it’s all done, the neckline is a little gapey – owing mostly to the stiffness of the fabric I used.
But still, this dress is a victory for several reasons: 1) I used stash fabric 2) I lined the pinstripes up properly 3) I learned how to do sleeves on unforgiving material and 4) even with all the hiccups along the way I didn’t get overly frustrated (well, until the very very end…..) And I very much like the style and fit of this dress, so I’m hoping that when I use the pattern again (in a totally different way) it will be much quicker to put together. Seriously, I can shave at least five hours off by omitting the fitting stage, the zipper and not putting pockets or multiple buttons on the damn thing.
In the end I have a dress I will most likely wear with my tall Dayton boots around the neighbourhood – perhaps even to class this Wednesday. I really like the pinstripes and would love to make a dress out of proper suiting material so the drape is nicer. Projects for another day.
One more goal I have this year is to take better self-portraits. I’m off to a bit of a bumpy start here, I know, but I’m hoping for improvements along the way. Sadly, I didn’t any great shots that included the accessory and my fabulous boots – but I do love the following photo for the “what is going on with my face” effect:
The bag btw is Matt and Nat’s “Clyde” made from paper material. I love their bags immensely, my last one died after five years so it was time for a replacement. Just in time for this project!