“My Holiday Starts Tomorrow” Tube Dress
Fabric: Thrifted ’90s rayon (can you call ’90s vintage yet?) =$2.50
Notions: Reused elastic, curtain rings = $0
Time to make: 2 hours
To work today Not yet; see below for explanation
Wear it again? Certainly on holiday
Total cost: $2.50
As Najah said last week, I feel as if making a tube dress is kind of phoning it in for this challenge. On the other hand, I’ve been planning for a long while to make a simple dress like this that I can wear over a bathing suit or out on a hot evening.
The fabric is a ’90s rayon with a micro-floral print. Now, I lived the ’90s fashions as an adult the first time around, so I’m not quite yet ready for the revisitation I’ve been seeing. The streetfest on rue Mont Royal last weekend was all high hair buns, babydoll dresses made from mini-floral prints and cross-body purses; it was like looking at myself 20 years ago. But I can’t deny how this rayon was destined to be a maxi dress. It drapes so well, it’s breezier than synthetics and it feels good against bare skin.
I made a couple of long linguini straps (what I’m calling my thick spaghetti straps) with my tube turner and started trying to figure out the best placement, when I had a brain wave. It’s rare, but it happens. If I wanted lots of options for tying the straps, I could sew a series of small rings inside the top edge and use them to thread the straps in various ways. I had some 10mm rings left over from making roman blinds way back when (probably in the ’90s), and I hand sewed two in the back and three in the front. Here’s a few variations that I managed to do this morning while my photographer was having breakfast:
And yes, although I am a founding member of the IBTC, I do need straps. I live with two little kids who although weaned, still consider my body public property and sometimes idly put their hand down my top. Hopefully these straps will be enough to prevent a public wardrobe malfunction.
We’re in the middle of a heatwave here in Montreal, and although 40C with the humidex is usually manageable for a few days, I’m reaching my limit with the insufficient AC in my lab and decided to wear this to work today. I had made a slight miscalculation in the needed hem width though, and there wasn’t quite enough room for me to stride comfortably. I’ll have to open up the seam and make a slit.
And thanks to a negotiated perk in lieu of a pay raise several years ago, I get summer Fridays off! Woohoo, my first summer holiday is tomorrow! I’ve got some sewing planned….or perhaps I’ll tidy up this weedy back garden.