The “backyard birthday” dress
Fabric: Thrifted cotton, $2; linen blend remnant, $3
Pattern: Simplicity 2360
Notions: Elastic, 10 cents
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: Around the house over the weekend
Wear again? Yes.
Total price: about $10
This dress hasn’t been sitting unfinished very long. I made it for last week’s “down under” theme, and it’s my favorite kind of summer dress: crisp and easy.
The bodice has a fun lining, too, which was the only tricky part of putting it together.
I took photos and everything, and was all set to submit a post — but the dress just wasn’t done. It didn’t look quite done and it definitely didn’t feel done; There wasn’t a sash yet, and the hem needed adjusting.
So I held off and finished it up this week.
And I’m glad I did, because otherwise, I might never have come back to it at all. Bad habit.
I bought the fabric a couple of months ago and scolded myself right after. I think stripes are great, but these seemed kind of overwhelming and impractical. Then I thought of this pattern – I like that the side bodice pieces let me break things up a bit. I think it’s just enough.
I had wanted to finish this dress in time for my daughter’s recent birthday party. Didn’t make it. But there’s always next year, right?