The Concrete Jungle Dress
Fabric | Canvas.
Pattern | The top half of Butterick 4389 and the bottom half self drafted.
Year | Contemporary.
Notions | zip.
Time to complete | Approx 4hours.
First worn | for the photos.
Wear again? Sure.
Total price $19 a metre.
I spied this canvas fabric in the furnishing section in Spotlight and thought ah why the heck not it’s red and dangerous I’m sure I can do something with it. I’ve never sewn an actual garment with canvas, tote bags and the like yes! but never a dress, I was a tad worried with how it would finish up but I tell you the way it sits is fantastic, the stiffness of the fabric allows you to add pleats very easily and they stay in place after pressing with no issues at all and because the fabric is stiff even after washing it manages to flatter the body hiding any bumps that say a flimsy cotton might enhance it just sits incredibly well. I like the heaviness of the fabric, to me it feels like an expensive garment.
This Butterick dress pattern is another one of my go-to patterns, there is just so much you can do with it, the bodice of this pattern is the most perfect fit for me therefore it makes the whole sewing process that much quicker instead of fussing about which I love. After I cut the bodice out I measured myself up for the skirt adding darts in front and back for a perfect fit. I could of tried to line up the pattern on the back seam but I was running out of fabric so had to make do. all the seams are serged and pressed the facing on the top of the bodice is interfaced and hand sewn down to stay in place. I hand blind hemmed the hem. I didn’t want a white stitch line going through the red
With the left over fabric I wanted to create a pleated sash to place over my shoulder and across the body to add something interesting to the dress and that I did, I ironed in the pleats then stitched them into place across the shoulder then made a loop that sits on top to hide the stitch. It just looks a lot more professional this way.
Geez taking photos out in the public is so scary especially in a crowded place like this, I find that if I don’t make eye contact with anyone apart from hubby I can get through the process much quicker ha ha. I did relax after some people complimented on my whole look and then asked for a photo of me and then a photo of me with my family who were also dressed up, something we all enjoy doing every time we step out the front door and Melbourne is very supportive in that aspect, anything goes really, she welcomes it with open arms.
Back to the dress…to make sure the sash sat on the waistline correctly I slipped into the dress and pinned it into place stabbing myself several times in the process, oh the things we do to get things right hey!?. Once I was happy with the placement of the sash both front and back I stitched it into place along the joining seam of the bodice and skirt, it sits just on the right of the zip on the back so when I climb into it I have to pop the sash over my head then zip her up. Belting out The Specials ‘Concrete Jungle’ in the middle of Melbs resulted in a severe case of stage fright— as you can imagine, so I just hummed the melody over and over in my head as I marched up and down one of my favourite places in this wonderful city, Hosier Lane, a ever evolving art-space for stencillers and graffiti artists to express themselves, you can spend hours just looking at all the fantastic artwork on display if you squint at the photo above this one you can see a bride and groom having there wedding photos taken. I totally blend in haha.
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