The View From The Afternoon Dress
Fabric | Printed Chiffon and thick velour for the scarf
Pattern | Self drafted
Year | Contemporary
Notions | Elastic, drawstring and bias binding
Time to complete | Approx 3hrs
First worn | For the photos
Wear again? Sure, I all ready have.
Total price | $5 a metre
What I would wear on vacation? Well, it would have to be comfortable, preferably an all-you-can eat kinda outfit; the main purpose for going on vacation is to kick back and completely forget about time, to take in the surroundings, holding a menu of endless food and drink to indulge from, I’d have lots of books to get lost in and there would be no restrictions and that includes clothes. A day to night look would be ideal. This weeks dress had started out as a kaftan, I pinned this beauty and decided that this would be my inspiration, it evolved from there…
I put together this drawing because I was disappointed with how the dress photographed, you can’t see the lines, the fabric is too busy. The two circles you see on my upper arms were an after thought; after trying on the original dress it looked so blah! It needed something, the armholes turned out to be a good idea as I can wear the dress a couple of different ways: arms out, arms in, one arm in the other out. So many options. I like options.
Draping this dress on the dress form really helped with the construction and coming up with different ideas for how i’d like it to sit. I placed bias binding around the neckline and armholes. Wearing it to the floor did absolutely nothing for me. I purchased a couple of metres of drawstring and placed it under the arm seam down through to the hem so when it’s tightened it pulls up and drapes fabulously.
I made an attempt to gather in the fabric just under my bust with a piece of elastic; unfortunately you can’t see it. I also placed a hook and eye onto the elastic to pull up the fabric from the centre to add a bit more definition. I’m happy with the dress now. I found some thick velour ( yes! I know I mentioned the words ‘tacky velour’ in last weeks post LOL sorry darling Tempest…I was referring to the shiny stuffs I’m not a fan, and that stick on sequin dance fabric eeekkk) anyway; the navy blue thick velour from my stash was cut across the grain in three inch thick strips, this makes the fabric curl under like a tube, I then braided the pieces sewing off the tapered end with a sturdy stitch. I named the scarf The Anaconda—as you do. She’s so warm and complements the dress perfectly especially on this chilly day walking along St Kilda beach.
Here’s the dress in action, the photos don’t do her justice; I particularly love how the dress moves when I walk and she is unbelievably comfortable; the perfect chilly-day vacation dress, all rugged up with my wooly tights and jersey knit top and of course, The Anaconda.
Thank you all so very much for your lovely comments on my previous garments. I’m seriously flattered and am in awe of all of your individual talents. God damn I love Sew Weekly you’re all so inspirational and unbelievably kind with your words, huge cyber hugs to you.
I’ll name this one ‘View From The Afternoon’- Arctic Monkeys. I loved their first album.