The “I’m so not 5 foot 4″ dress
I’ve had this fabric and pattern sitting around waiting to become a dress since this summer. Something about our
hot humid lovely NC summers draws me towards loose dresses. When I’m hot I just don’t like for my clothes to well touch me and the Serendipity Studios Claire dress looked like it would fit the bill.
Thankfully, I read the directions before cutting my fabric. Upon reading them I discovered that the pattern was drafted for women who are 5 ft 4in tall. They go on to suggest that taller women may need to add length to the hem line. Ummm? What? I’m 5 foot 9 so I was pretty sure I would need to add length to more then just the bottom hem. I cut a quick muslin of the top and discovered that the draw string was going to hit at the largest part of my chest. Lovely don’t you think? I ended up adding an inch to the strap area and then another 2 inches to the bottom of the boddice. I also cut the skirt to be mid calf length but ended up with just below the knee. I’m fine with all of this but it did cause a simple dress to take a lot more time then it otherwise would have.
Once I got the sizing figured all was simple and fast. The hardest thing I had to do was sew two button holes. I’m also pretty pleased with the results. Its not a form fitting dress but it is just the type of thing I’ll enjoy wearing this summer. Probably without the boots and sweater though.
Fabric: 2 yards bird print quilters cotton, 1 yard brown broad cloth, 1/4 yard light brown fabric
Pattern: Serendipity Studios Claire Dress $10.00
Year: I think 2010 but regardless its still available
Time to Make: 6 hours including fitting
Total Cost: I really don’t know I did get it all for 15% off though
First Worn: Friday for a date with my husband. We’re having a mild winter here.
Wear Again: yes but make again no