The “ok, I like you after all’ dress
Fabric: From my stash, a sort of georgette, I think & black sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 2209 Lisette
Notions: 40cm zip, thread, bias tape
Time to complete: about 8 hours (I sit and ponder a lot)
First worn: for the photo
Wear again? Yes, I think I like it after all
Total price: ~$15
After some serious uhming and ahhing over which Make this Look to made, I eventually settled on http://www.sewweekly.com/2011/07/mtl-uptown-excursions-dress/ mainly because I knew I had some fabric that would work. While I didn’t have the suggested pattern I looked through my pattern stash and came up with the Lisette pattern which I felt had a similar shape.
And then the fun started. I decided that a linger bodice and a FBA was necessary and so I hacked into my pattern. Big Mistake! In future when I want to make drastic changes to a pattern, I will make a copy and not destroy my actual pattern.
As my sewing method involves a lot of ‘sitting and staring into space while contemplating the whole shebang’ I take a lot longer that I should. I thought of doing a lining but time constraints suggested I just get on with it. Once I started it went together reasonably well – the zip went in beautifully and I found some cute bias tape at Spotlight (I never knew they had it) and then I tried it on – with a stretchy belt which emphasised bulgy bits – oh dear – I don’t think I like this dress.
The dress then sat on Imelda for a good part of the week before I made a sash out of black sateen and pinned it on and decided that a less constricting black band worked a lot better. This morning I threw on the dress with the sash, added a string of beads and my sun hat and a pair of black flats. My Man Andrew said – ‘Oh that looks good!’ so I thought ‘ok, I like you after all’.