The ‘City Lights’ Reversible Dress
Oh if only this week’s challenge would be taking place in a few weeks when I would be in the city of the inspiration! But it’s ok, I was still ready to take on the task of being inspired by Las Vegas.
I purchased the fabric used in this challenge back during my first visit to Britex, the uber (expensive) fabric store in San Francisco. This fabric was on sale in their remnants section, and for as much as I liked the busy print, I haven’t been able to find the right inspiration for it. But it was the first idea that popped into my mind when I heard Vegas. It’s a pink and green print on a black background. Busy and bright, like the Las Vegas strip at night.
I had enough fabric to make the new Sewaholic Cambie dress, which would be the perfect dress for a day of shopping and people watching in Vegas. Oh but the nightlife in Vegas is what it’s all about! Early on in the assembly of this dress I realized that the black fabric I was using for the full lining, would be the perfect LBD. And wouldn’t it be great if this dress could translate from day to night? Now, I don’t know if I would actually wear it all day and then turn it around for the evening (especially in Vegas humidity), but I do like having options.
Fabric: 3.5 yards of cotton print on sale at Britex $20, black Kona cotton on sale $10
Pattern: Sewaholic Cambie $18
Notions: Invisible zipper $2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: Out and about after a day at the beach
Wear again? Oh yes!
Total cost: $50
Aside from the fact that you essentially make two dresses, this was about my usual 5 hours of sewing time. I had to be a bit more careful when it came to attaching the lining and hemming the dress, to make sure that it could be worn inside and out.
What made my sewing go just a bit faster (for 2 dresses) this time around, was that I finally bit the bullet and purchased a serger. About time, right? I didn’t realize how much this was speed things up and aside from the fact that I’m still dealing with the learning curve of working with one, it’s been going surprisingly well. I’m looking forward to speedier sewing with it!