The “Poolside at the Flamingo” Maxi Dress
Fabric: Rayon challis, stretch lace
Time to complete: 1 hour
First worn: For photoshoot
Wear again? The chances are higher if I’m a guest at the Flamingo ;-)
Total Price: $10
After re-watching the movie, Bugsy (1991), I was reminded that if it wasn’t for a mobster’s crazy idea to build the Flamingo hotel/casino in 1946 (setting the tone for those that followed), Las Vegas wouldn’t be the iconic destination it is today.
In spite of the inspiration, I admittedly phoned it in a bit for this challenge. Having spent the last couple of weeks preparing for and then thoroughly enjoying my mother’s visit, my creative mojo and execution time was depleted. The garment I’d originally planned was a simple sundress and would’ve required some fitting, but Plan B (which these days involves some sort of pattern-less wonder) had even more whip-it-up power.
A yard and a half of zebra-floral (yes, as you can see, such a print exists) rayon challis with selvedge edges sewn (well, serged in my case) into one seam to make a tube. With an elastic-threaded casing at the top and narrow hem at the bottom, I’d made myself an instant maxi tube dress.
But, a tube dress requires a strapless bra. An invention that cannot defy my gravity, no matter how many I’ve tried on. I worked around this issue by attaching straps out of some black stretch lace from my stash.
It was fun sewing another crazy print fabric. The challenge took me out of my style comfort zone — which doesn’t usually include animal prints or lace. Dressing up the one-seam maxi for photos was fun too, but ultimately, its wearable life will be constrained to my house or a pool. The pool at the Flamingo would give me an awesome wearing-where-I’m-at-moment ;-).
Thanks for looking.