The “Owls About It” Dress
Fabric: about 3 metres of vintage black floral pinwale corduroy from an op shop in Milton for $5, and about half a metre of orange pinwale corduroy (gift from my mother)
Pattern: Simplicity 5368
Notions: 9 blue heart-shaped buttons (no idea where they came from), some interfacing for the collar
Time to make: 6-and-a-half hours
First worn: to work on Friday
Wear again? yep
Total cost: $5
Bump: 23 weeks
Mix it up? Why, don’t mind if I do!
The lovely Trish sent me this pattern the other week – as soon as I pulled it from the parcel she sent, I just knew I had to use it for the mix-it-up challenge. (Thanks, Trish!)
The main challenge this week for me? Trying to figure out which combination of fabrics to use from my stash! So many pretty combinations of cottons called out to me, but no. I held firm, and made myself use something a bit heavier. After all, we’re now into winter here, folks. Summer-weight cotton and a maternity mini dress? Not the best time of year for that.
So out came this pinwale corduroy. Black with flowers, and orange with owls. Since it seemed like the sort of combination a preschooler would wear, I decided to just run with that and add heart-shaped buttons down the front. In bright blue. Indeed.
The pattern itself was nice and easy to put together. Quite a lot of gathering involved though, which felt a bit like a battle at times. Me and the thread verses the corduroy. Luckily, I won out every time. (*phew!*) Gathers to the yoke in front and back. Pockets gathered to the pocket cuffs. Sleeves gathered to the cuffs, and also at the sleeve heads. This is quite a gather-full dress.
(Also, who on earth heard of maternity mini dresses?!? I mean, really?? Seemed crazy to me. Which was another reason I had to make one.)
This dress got it’s first outing today to work, and also to our 23-week midwife appointment (we took the photos just down the road from the midwifes place – hows that for an amazing view?!? A stunning Wellington winter day as well. Cold and bright and a brilliant blue sky. Hence the sunglasses – the sun is just too bright without them this time of year.). I must admit to a bit of uncertainty about this dress (after all, it really does look like something a 4 year old would wear) but after a day in it, it’s all good. And hey, pockets are always awesome, right?!?
I’m still not sure whether it works better with the belt to draw in some of the volume around the back, or not. What do you reckon, ladies?
Before I forget, check out the orange fabric – it’s got little owls on branches all over it. So cute!