It’s a “Mad Mad MuuMuu” dress
I love this fabric and had a hard time figuring out how I would use it in a garment. You see, it has those built in crinkles and wrinkles. The kind of fabric that you hand-wash and then wrap it around a broom handle to dry. So anything very structured, or form-fitting, just wouldn’t work. It would have to be loose and simple, with no set in sleeves, darts or waist. When this challenge came up, I thought that a white neckline embellished with embroidered flowers that matched the fabric would look really cool. I cut the neck out and began embroidering around the existing flowers on the fabric. It took the longest time! Argh!
Fabric: Black with red/pink flowers a crinkle cotton fabric from Jo-Anns
Pattern: Butterick B5210
Notions: embroidery floss in pink, red, and green
Time to complete: 3 hours to embroidery and 3 to cut and sew dress
First worn:July 3 out to lunch and then for the rest of the day!
Wear again? To the swimming pool for morning arrobics
Total price:I’ve had it in my stash for awhile,but the price was probably under $10.00
After I finished, I didn’t really even like how it turned out. The haphazard placement of the flowers didn’t have symmetry. But I wasn’t about to call it quits, not after all that time spent embellishing! I knew that this pattern would pass the Mena Zipper Test, so that was a time saver and the cost of a zipper saver. I serged the sides, tacked down the facing on the neck band, and did a simple serge, turn, and top-stitch hem. It was done, and I felt unhappy.
I don’t think the embroidered flowers on the white band, really were the best choice. Maybe a solid red or black neck would have been better. What do you think? Another thing that really bothered me about the neck band is that when I serged it to the dress, I didn’t serge evenly. Yikes! There’s no going back when that happens. I did pick it a part though, and tried to make it just a little bit more even. I may have changed it 1/8 of an inch, but not enough to even it out. I don’t think that anyone would really notice except for me and other sewers.
Despite my displeasure with the dress, I do like the pattern. It feels light and comfortable, especially without a belt. I wore the thing all day, out to lunch, around the house, for an evening walk. It reminds me of the dresses my mother used to wear. She totally existed in Muumuus. I can understand why now. There are no restrictions! It’s not my favorite dress this year, and I don’t know that I’ll wear it much. I think it will become my swimsuit coverup. Yeah, that’s it!