The “Bandana Turned Out Well” Dress
Fabric: Vintage cotton from Alameda, $10
Pattern: Simplicity 5460, $1
Notions: Some bias tape
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? A reluctant yes.
Total Cost: ~$11
Ok, let’s get it out of the way. Yes, I’m wearing the dress backwards. On purpose.
And if I turned around, you’d see the little darts forming their own mini breasts. I could fix that, but I’m not because I think I’m okay with just wearing the dress the right way. But why am I wearing it backwards in the first place? Well, even after twenty-one years of having a period, each and every month I forget that when I’m about to get it, I go absolutely batty. Depressed, angry, totally self-critical — the works. So when I put this dress on to take pictures, I was just beyond distraught: I just didn’t like what the high neckline was doing to my already bloated frame. So I turned it around and took my pictures and was happy enough.
I ended up wearing the dress out last night — the right way — and it looked fine. I didn’t take a photo, but you probably have a good idea was a 1960s wrap dress looks like.
Wrap dresses. Oh, I really need to stop that. First, they take up more material than they should. I actually ran out of fabric for this one and had to piece the skirt together. Second, I can’t wear one without feeling like my great-grandmother, “Grandma Grabowski” who was known for her wobbly underarms. Third, I don’t know. But there has to be a third point somewhere.
Instead of spending loads of time on my dress this week, I actually did something far more productive — I finally made my living room and dining rooms into places I love to be! After seven years of living in the house, it still felt like a mismatch of furniture pieces we acquired based on necessity and not our tastes. So last weekend at Alameda, I bought the cutest 1960s sofa, end tables and lamp! I’ll post photos once I’m finished decorating.