The “Bookworm” Dress
Fabric: about 2.5 metres of some woven blend, $4 from Fabric-a-brac and a bit of navy lining from my stash
Pattern: Style 2382
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: about 5 mins after I made it, for a walk around the zoo
Wear again? definitely
Bump: 26 weeks
Total cost: $4
Ok, I admit it. I’ve used the exact same dress for inspiration as what I did for last year’s Sew Weekly TV character inspired challenge. What can I say? It just calls to me, for some reason! (Possibly also because I don’t tend to watch TV, so I fall back on old shows I used to watch for these challenges.)
So, what dress was it? One that Willow wore in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I just heart her geeky bookworm style, yes indeed. Here’s the dress I got inspired by:
A nice, plain plaid pinafore.
So what did I make? A nice, plain plaid pinafore, like so:
I picked this fabric up a few weeks ago at Fabric-a-brac, a fundraiser for the local hospice where crafty people sell fabric and sewing stuff to other crafty people. When I spotted it, I decided straight away that it was destined to become another version of Style 2382. Sure, I made this same pattern up a couple of months ago but I’ve worn that dress so much, and found it so comfortable, that I wanted to make it up again.
I love this pattern – it’s nice and fast to make up, very comfy to wear, and I figure I can wear this post-pregnancy as well with a belt around the waist. No notions needed either – it just slips on over your head. (The only bit that took a while was the hand stitching on the inside, otherwise it would have been a three hour dress.)
Why the ‘Bookworm’ dress? Well, Willow is a bit of a bookworm, and so am I. Especially the last few months – I’ve been reading a couple of books a week, not the best way to achieve things but oh well! I suspect I’ll read more in the future, curled up on the couch with a blanket and a cat (or two) in this dress. Winter is the perfect time for reading, after all.
As soon as I’d finished it, Steve and I went for a wander around the zoo. Bright sunny winter day – good time to go look at cute animals! They’ve been doing up the zoo here for a while, and every time we go there are new things to see. This jeep is near the African section, so I thought I’d sit in it, like many children have probably done before me. (I’m sure there was a jeep in at least one Buffy episode, wasn’t there?!?)