The “Emerald City” Dress
Fabric: Teal (?) Taffeta £7.32, Satin Backed Dupion in Sage £5.62 from Abakhan
Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Year: Current pattern
Notions: Invisible zip £1.10, interfacing and thread from stash
Time to complete: About 15ish
First worn: Will be worn 12 Jan for my friends wedding eek!
Wear again? Yes just need a reason!
Total Cost: About £22 but the fabric was Christmas money so I spent a little more
I couldn’t resist the title especially as my last project was Dorothy related. I started this dress for the ‘Make This Look’ week and set aside my weekend sew it up, then I got a phone call from work as someone had called in sick and my sewing time disappeared. I ignored the dress for a while feeling disappointed I hadn’t made the deadline then when this challenge came up I went back to it. I don’t tend to have many UFO’s lying around, I can’t start a new project with something left unfinished but I can just ignore the current project and leave it unfinished.
I really love this dress! It went together quickly and easily and I like making darts and pleats and this dress has both. The huge bow was what drew me to the pattern and I actually picked it before thinking about doing Sew Weekly! I wanted a dress for a wedding I am going to this weekend and being February I didn’t want anything too summery. Lots of people associate taffeta with ’80’s prom dresses but I *think* I have avoided that look! My lovely boyfriend helped me pick the fabric colours though the taffeta was described as teal, it is more emerald green to me though it does seem to photograph with less green so I can see why is was listed as teal. I also love that I can wear it different ways, with the bow at the front or back or with it tied more like a sash. I think on the day I will tack the bow so that it stays where I want it and doesn’t flop about. Not the best outdoor pics but I was sliding all over the icy garden in those shoes so had to stand on the mat!