The “Is My Top Riding Up?” Dress
Fabric: Red bottom weight from JoAnn’s $12, vintage rayon from Alameda, $5
Pattern: Simplicity 1803, $.99
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: May 2012
Wear again? Yes, though the wrinkling drives me crazy
Total Cost: ~$18
Instead of starting the week, I end it. Not for any grand or sad personal reason other than I kept on putting off sewing my dress and taking my pictures. My absence has nothing to do with anything personal other than laziness on my part. Ok, let’s continue now that I got that out of the way!
The truth of the matter is that I probably would have skipped this week’s challenge if not for the fact that I bought this necklace specifically for this week’s challenge.
My original plan for Vegas week was a 1950s dress made entirely out of the vintage rayon. While the fabric print is of arrows and not cards, it seemed pretty perfect for a Vegas-themed dress. But here’s the thing: I was way too lazy to work with rayon this week. I wanted something crisp, easy to cut and sew and, well, basic. After a trip to JoAnn’s for some red bottom weight fabric and a 99 cent Simplicity pattern, I put off making this dress for days.
So. About this pattern. I found the weird bodice top piece to be very difficult to fit. As you can tell in the photos, it doesn’t sit quite flat across my chest. Perhaps if I had taken off an inch or so from the middle it would have been a better fit. Or perhaps IT’S JUST TOO WEIRD.
I figured that for a Vegas theme, it was quite appropriate to tart it up a bit. And what better way than with a little peek-a-boo cleavage. It’s an interesting concept and all… I just don’t know how I feel about it. When I look down at myself wearing it, I feel like either I’m wearing the shortest half shirt ever. Or, I’ve gotten my top stuck and I can’t get it completely over my head. There’s just some weird stuff going on down there.
Well, not every dress of mine can be something from the 1940s or 1950s.