The “School Spirit” Dress
Fabric: Two knit remnants, about $3 each
Pattern: BurdaStyle 02/2011 (dress with gathered rectangle skirt and cap sleeves)
Notions: Bias tape
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: For weekend errands
Wear again? For sure
Total Price: about $12
I really love Pantone’s colors for spring 2012, and happen to have a lot of fabric that fits the palette. so this was fun. It was tough, though, to settle on a combination. In the end, I went with the tangerine because there’s not much – if any – of it in my closet already.
I wanted an easy-to-wear, dress-up/dress-down dress for warmer weather, and I’m happy with how this one came out.
The pattern isn’t designed for knits, so I traced it without adding seam allowances. This probably wasn’t the best way to go about things, but luckily, it worked out. Mostly. I failed to think about how my shortcut would affect the neckline, and now it’s just shy of too low for me to feel comfortable wearing.
Otherwise, working with the fabric wasn’t as difficult as I had myself convinced it was going to be.
I followed this helpful tutorial to add some cockatoo-colored flat piping at the waist seam. Although I do like the contrast, I don’t love it right at my hips, so I’ll probably remove it after all. Maybe it would look better at the neck? I’m also not sure how I feel about the hem: It seems either not quite long enugh or not quite short enough – but perhaps I’m just not used to seeing myself in something calf-length?
I work at a university where students and employees are encouraged to wear orange – the school color – on Fridays. Under a blazer, I think this could be just right.