The Polka Dot Potluck Dress
Fabric: Red jersey with white polka dots, $10 Fabric.com
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 8728
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 14th, 2012
Wear again? Absolutely
Total cost: $14
Friends, I am in love with this dress. Not only is it one of the most comfortable things I have ever sewn in my history of sewing, but it’s flattering and doesn’t need to be ironed. Oh yes, I am a big fan of not ironing.
The dress was a breeze to sew together. I actually eliminated the zipper/snaps that the pattern called for because I could wiggle my way in without it. Skipping that step saved a great amount of time in the whole process – I cannot imagine trying to put a zipper in this fabric. There is a ton of stretch in this material, which I love, but it’s not my favorite thing to hem. So don’t look at the hem, K? K.
I added the black belt to the outfit on my boyfriend’s suggestion. The outfit needed a little something to break up all the red. I originally was going to make a white belt to accompany the dress, but when you have ribs in the crock pot and guests coming in five minutes and you are trying to hem your super stretchy material, you prioritize real quick. Since my hemming happened so quickly, it may be the one thing I go back and adjust. I wouldn’t mind if this dress hit me at knee level, rather than two inches below. I feel like the length is dangerously close to the large part of my calf and that makes me nervous. I don’t like drawing attention to these monsters (unless I am running – totally different story then).
I call this dress the Polka Dot Potluck dress as I first got to wear it for a potluck we hosted on Valentine’s Day. I am NOT a fan of V-Day, but my boyfriend is, and has been trying to persuade me. In an effort to show some spirit for the holiday, as well as save a little money, I invited all of our friends over for amid-week potluck. This dress was great in that it allowed me to move quickly around the kitchen and to eat (a lot) without worrying about straining my seams.
I hope you all had a fabulous and love-filled Valentine’s Day! I guess it isn’t such a bad holiday after all :)