The “I’ve Really Needed a Basic Dress” Dress
Fabric: Ponte Knit
Time to complete: 1hour :D
First worn: February 2012
Wear again?: Yes!
Total price: $2.00
Here’s what I started with. I found this gem at a downtown Salvation Army Store. On Wednesdays they have 50% off women’s clothing. Yes! I found this dress hanging on the rack last month with a $4 price tag on it. With 50% off that meant it was $2.00, score!
I read the label and saw that it was ponte knit. Woohoo! It would be easy to sew with and a great basic piece in my wardrobe. You see, I looooove color and pattern and everything that goes with it. Namely, a lot of clothes that don’t really go together well. Not sure if any of you are in the same boat or not. But when I saw this blank canvas of a dress I knew I had to have it. I took my treasure home, washed it (a must for thrift store finds) and hung it on my “do something to me” refashion clothing rack.
(Pardon the weird dots in the above photo, I still need to clean my camera lens, )
I put this baby on (inside out), stood in front of the mirror, and started pinning. I used the very scientific method of “pinch and pin”. I did utilize a second pair of hands (my daughter’s) throughout part of this process. I wanted a sort of loose/sort of fitted shape. I wanted something I could accessorize with belts and really jazz up. In other words a blank canvas dress.
I left it a little loose. I’ve needed a loose fitting sheath dress forever. The whole thing took about an hour. That includes pinning, measuring, sewing, pressing and trying on. An hour is a really fast sewing time for me. I still think it could be fitted better, but the darn thing is so comfy and easy to wear, I think I’m going to let it be what it is. A super comfy, basic, black sheath, which fills a giant whole in my wardrobe.
Here’s how I wore it for the pictures. My trusty sidekick Jean Jacket, black belt, purple tights, sequined scarf and booties (which you can’t see in this picture). The whole picture taking was quite a hilarious fiasco. I live in Nebraska and if you never been here it’s really windy. Today was no exception. All of these pictures were quickly taken between 30 mile an hour wind gusts. I would furiously straighten my hair and dress and pose. The people driving by must have thought I was crazy. :D