The “Lake-View” Dress
Fabric: 2 1/2 yards teal jersey
Pattern: McCall’s 4140
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: Just $12.50 for the fabric!
My inspiration for this week is Lake Michigan. I get to see the lake outside my Chicago apartment window everyday and we often go on family walks along the water on the weekend. During the winter, the water is a greyish blue color that isn’t too pretty. But come spring the water turns a bright blue again. When we went to take the photos the water wasn’t too bright, but it was at least a sunny day. I thought about making a dress inspired by some of the high-rises downtown, but the color and movement of this fabric reminded me of the waves and breezes on the lake. Oh, and Lakeview is one of the many fantastic neighborhoods in Chicago!
I have been wanting to make a maxi dress for a bit, but I’ve never been crazy about the styles in the stores. I don’t like that they are baggy around the waist and that it is impossible to wear a bra with them. So I set out to make one of my own that is closer fitting at the waist and has larger straps.
I used a pattern that my brother had bought for me on a vacation to Seattle. It was 70s-tastic with puffy long sleeves and frills around the neckline. I took both of those off and tossed this dress together in less than an hour. I wasn’t sure how to finish the edges though (I don’t have a serger to easily finish it), and spent the next 2 hours trying to do that. I made a lining out of the jersey, but the edges kept rolling to the front. I was eventually able to get it to work, but it was annoying that it took twice as long to deal with the lining than it did to sew the rest of the dress.
After I put it on, my husband commented that it looked really formal… I think when a maxi dress is in a print that it looks casual versus the plain fabric. Now that is all I can think of. And it unfortunately shows any and all stains on it. While cooking, I splashed some oil on it and now I can’t get the discoloration out… But it’s supposed to be casual, so maybe a few stains will add to its character!