the “tie-dye magic” housedress
Fabric: tie-dye souvenir t-shirt circa 1996; extra tie-dye fabric, hand-dyed by me circa 2011
Pattern: alabama studio fitted dress pattern (available in alabama studio + design)
Time to Complete: 1 hour, for preliminary work. embellishment & handstitching TBD.
First Worn: first weekend of the summer, 2012: june 23
Wear Again: yes
Total Price: priceless.
Challenge Theme: “on holiday”
my blog friends know that i’ve had the pleasure of kitting out and enjoying a new vacation house this year, which my mom and i bought together while she undergoes treatment for cervical cancer.
as i am sure you can imagine, it’s become an incredibly special place. every moment there, even when i am all over dirt and sleeping 15 hours because i overdid it in the garden, is like being on holiday. so i ditched my plan to make a bathing suit or beach dress to indulge in making the ultimate house dress for my new vacation house.
if you haven’t yet checked out natalie chanin’s “alabama studio sewing + design,” and you like sewing with knits, refashioning old knits, or just innovative ways of turning simple fabrics into the ultimate in DIY couture, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. her earlier books were cute and quirky, with a decent pattern or two–this one is practically a bible for wonderful, innovative garments that can be as cookie-cutter or unique as you have the patience for.
for now i’ve skipped most of the elaborate, hand-bound seam finishes, only because i haven’t decided if i want or need them. also, my 15-year-old t-shirt didn’t exactly provide enough fabric for an interesting neck binding.
i love this shirt and decided it was the perfect base to try the fitted dress pattern in the book. when i bought this shirt, and then decided to tie-dye it, i was just entering high school and spending the summer at sleepaway camp. it was the first chance i had to truly express myself and do something weird. i loved the message of the shirt: normal is boring. and i loved it even more when i got such a great spiral pattern on tie-dye day.
my house is in woodstock, NY, tie-dye capital of the world. marriage made in heaven, no?