The “Cutting the Queue” Dress
Fabric: 2 yards quilting cotton, $9 (for 3) from Hancock, 3/4 yard sheermist batiste from stash
Pattern: Simplicity 2550, $1?
Year: 2009 (out-of-print)
Notions: invisible zipper, $1
Time to complete: ~4 hours after way too much time spent drafting
First worn: March 26, to a local park
Wear again? Yes
Total cost: ~$11
This wasn’t the dress I planned for this week but, when I wasn’t over the moon with my Trudy dress, I set off to the fabric store to look for something like this floral Betty shift. Of course, there wasn’t a suitable fabric to be found but, this odd little print did catch my eye and it screamed that it didn’t want to be a quilt, it wanted to be a dress. So, I rescued 3 yards of it, thinking I could squeeze an extra dress into my queue. However, we agreed none of my patterns were ideal so, I decided to tweak one.
First, I changed the neckline. Then, the front pleats had to go. At a bit of a loss for how exactly to do that, I got sidetracked drafting my first skirt block. At this point, I thought the pattern was good to go, so I cut out my fabric. Just as I was about to sew, I decided to lower the back of the neckline into a vee. So, basically, by the time I was done “tweaking,” the only original bits were the sleeves.
Now, I was pleased with my design but, I was behind schedule. Then, I realized this dress is actually a combo of two of Pantone’s spring colors, tangerine and margherita. How lucky! I hadn’t considered the orange for the challenge because I can’t wear it well but, the cooler green seems to make it possible.
The dress whipped together quite well and, while I was terrified of the potential for disaster during construction, I was thrilled with the result! I really like the changes I made to it and I think it fits rather well. I’m sure I’ll make another tweak or two but, I think I’ve found my go-to sheath pattern. Even better? Brandon just loves it and told me I should make it up in as many fabrics as I want!
So, what color to make next…? No, no must focus…must get back to the queue…