The “Feathers of a Fabric Flock Together” Dress
Fabric: Rayon challis
Notions: Me don’t need no stinking notions
Time to complete: 1 hour
First worn: To breakfast at my favorite diner
Wear again? Oh yeah!!
Total Price: $8
I had a handful of VIP fabrics to consider for this challenge, but this peacock feather print rayon has been in my stash long enough to start talking to me. It said, “Why did you buy 5 yards of me if all you’re gonna do is dream about making something out of me?” I was intimidated by it for some reason. Peacocks are all gorgeous and majestic. Somehow I thought whatever I made had to live up to the fabric. Needless to say, days into my peacock-worthy dress plan, I ran out of time to execute the vision. With improvisation mode enabled (SHIFT-CTRL-F8-WWKD), I temporarily abandoned Plan A and opted for a simpler way to showcase the feathers.
The photo below is my VIP fabric. It is also my already constructed DRESS!
In February, I brought you the “Hip to Be Square” Top. A 1-hour, Kazz-inspired, insta-garment that saved me from skipping the Valentine’s Day Red Challenge. Well, I’m back with its taller, sexier, rectangular cousin. Same top, lengthened to the knee to make a rectangle dress shape. A dresstangle, if you will.
Here’s the top vs. the dress. Length and fabric are the only differences.
I am thrilled with its awesome simplicity. It’s even cute without the belt – which I forgot to photograph. But you’ll be seeing this geometric wardrobe rescue again – belted or not, cropped like its cousin, tunic length, and maxi. And that’s just length changes. If I want more variations, the construction time may go past an hour, but that’s the beauty if it…I can always find time to play around with design details on a dress made entirely out of right angles!
It’s my Mother’s birthday today. I am wearing red lipstick in her honor. Mostly as a way to say I’m sorry for telling her not to wear it a few years back. I recommended shimmery neutrals and arrogantly told her that red lipstick was over in the 90’s. I know, I know…I’m a bad daughter. This is my third wearing of this shade, my first red ever. A sign of love for Mom who lives 3,000 miles away. I’ve embraced the bold, feminine color and hope I can pull it off as well as she did. Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you.
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