The “Does this dress make me look 17 and pregnant?” Dress, plus a bonus
Okay, this one is a two-fer. I started the week by beginning the process of transforming this shirt into a dress.
I was actually quite proud of myself when I managed to make this shirt come together right in February 2010 and I wore it to the Fox Theatre the first time I went to see A Prairie Home Companion. It is a border print and the color changes gradually from gray to blue, and I was thrilled when it all worked out that the sleeves and cuffs worked with the rest of the shirt. The problem was that it was too billowy (which made me look even frumpier than I was at that point), the interfacing was too stiff for the lightweight fabric (making the yoke, cuffs, and belt feel very strange), and the neckline was so wide it was always ending up on the closet floor as it escaped its hanger again and again. Argh! It was long-sleeved, but the fabric was so thin that it wasn’t good for cold weather, yet it made me sweat in hot weather. What a mess.
So why not make it into a skirt? Or the bottom of a dress with black on top? That would be attractive, I reasoned. Then I started to make it happen. And about the time I attached the gathered skirt to the bodice I thought to myself, “Where the hell am I going to wear this? My high school prom?”
So I took a break from it to fix up something else…
Last February (I wonder what it is about sewing shirts in the month of February that makes them come out not quite right) I attempted to make a knit top with a cowl neck without using a pattern. I used an existing shirt to guide me and made a passable shirt.
The only problem with it was that the more it was worn the more the shoulders migrated downward and the more bra straps had to be pinned to the inside of the shirt. Now, many people are wearing off-the-shoulder stuff lately, but it just doesn’t work for me.
So here’s my easy fix that makes this top more wearable. I closed up the neckline a bit and gathered the shoulders and voila! Now I will wear this top far more regularly. Took me about five minutes. Nice.
Then I started thinking again about that silly dress. I can’t leave it unfinished when I just finished a dress UFO earlier this month. So why not just finish it and then stick it in my closet and forget about it a while? So I pressed on. And this is what I ended up with.
I like it okay from the front, but from the side I look a little too pregnant for my tastes.
Oh well. You can’t win ‘em all.
I think it looks passable with a belt and I have a bolero jacket made from the same black fabric that I could add to make it look more adult.
Thing is, where am I going to wear this? I don’t do the party scene and it seems a bit too dressy for morning church. Perhaps another evening at the theatre. Oh, and the stupid thing still falls off the hanger. *sigh*
Okay then. Here are all the facts…
The “New Neckline” Sweater Facts
- Fabric: thick, sweater-like knit
- Pattern: none
- Year: 2011
- Notions: thread
- Time to complete: 5 minutes
- First worn: February 7, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: $0
The “Does this dress make me look 17 and pregnant?” Dress Facts
- Fabric: I think they’re both some sort of polyester blend. The black was in the stash.
- Pattern: adaption of Butterick 5333
- Year: 2009
- Notions: thread, invisible zipper
- Time to complete: 3ish hours?
- First worn: just for photos
- Wear again?: I dunno.
- Total price: $2