Tangerine Tango Too Tight Dress
I wanted to get just the right color of “orange” so I I researched the Pantone Site for a swatch of “Tangerine Tango” 2012 spring color of the year. I put that image on my desktop and then scoured Fabric.com for the orange that was closest to the color swatch from Pantone. Of course
I’m working with digital images and not the real side by side matches of the real things, but that’s the best I could do and save time and resources.
Fabric: medium weight 92% Polyester/8% Lycra from Fabric.com
Description: This slinky knit fabric features 4 way stretch for comfort and ease; over 50% vertical stretch and over 50% stretch across the grain.
Pattern: McCall’s 6069
Wear Again? Maybe, after I fix it.
When I went back to Fabric.com to check on the exact make up of the fabric, it was no longer in stock. So there must be others out there who like this Tangerine slinky knit fabric. I’m not so crazy about it after-all. Not used to thinking of orange as a dress fabric, I draped it on my body double and looked at it for a couple of weeks. I decided that the liquid slinky side of the fabric was just too shiny for someone of my age and was about to reconsider all together. Then I draped the wrong-side of the fabric on the body double. This mat side had more potential. I decided just to go for it and cut out a simple dress with a square neck in front and draping detail in the back. I used McCalls 6069. I helped my daughter make a version of this last month so I was familiar with the process. I cut it a size 12, thinking that with stretchy fabric, it should be more form-fitting. I should have cut it bigger though, because I feel a little self-conscious when I look at how it fits around my derrière. It’s a dress I’ll save for the hottest days of summer and wear with a pair of spanx to control the jiggle and dimples. After examining the photos and my daughters’ “You’re not really going to wear that are you?” I have decided to unpick the skirt and add a new skirt with a little more width. I just don’t like that skin-tight feeling.
I also made a belt with complementary colors to go with it. I covered an existing thrifted belt and used the buckle. This part was a very satisfying refashion.
Well, here’s me in Pantone 2012 spring color of the year Tangerine Tango!
I had time to fix it, but not model it because today was an “outside work in the garden day”. I un-picked the skirt, made a new “wider skirt”. Now it’s not so bootylishes. I can wear it without shame.