The “I know it’s silly” Dress
Fabric: Wool from stash from a million years ago and some Cotton Lycra Sateen $14.95/m
Pattern: McCalls 9400
Time to complete: It’s been years!
First worn: For the photos
Wear again: Can’t wait
Total Cost: I’m calling it nothing
My reality is that I don’t really have anywhere to wear a LBD, or a BBD in my case given that I am a size 16 and just under 5’10 (175cms).
The reality is that I have a tonne of washing to do every week. My husband is a tiler – he gets absolutely filthy every day. You can imagine, dust from cutting hundreds of tiles, glue, grout and building site filth come home with him.
We have two washing machines and two clothes lines. Don’t forget the two boys. My laundry mountain is only obliterated a couple of time a year!
So I was thinking about how silly it was that I was doing my best 50’s model posing, with my clothesline in the background – mocking me with its “I’ll be seeing you later!”, while wearing my big black dress with it big petticoat underneath.
But you know what? After weeks of fulfilling everyone else’s expectations of me – two weeks of running the kids around for the holidays, one day spent at the hospital after Noah had a terrific trampolining accident and put a tooth through his face (he’s all better, now thanks to the plastic surgeons), it felt good to do something for me.
This was a UFO – I think I started it first four years ago – it was my the first attempt using a 50’s pattern I decided to use some wool that had been sitting around since my student days – and that yes, it would be a great idea to use some for a toile! Lookey, lookey – perfect fit – love that!
It was definitely silly to use beautiful pure wool for a toile, not a mistake I would make these days. But it was the first challenging garment I had made in years so I threw caution to the wind.
This has become my favourite dress pattern and I have made a the skirt many times (omitting the front pleat).
To finish it I had to overlock all the seams, insert the zip, and bind the neckline and sleeves. I did the binding in a Cotton Lycra Sateen – it’s not sitting quite flat – but I can live with it.
Thanks to my lovely friend and sewing buddy, Toni for help with the hem – we decided we should buy one of those chalk puffer hemming devices.
So now I have a black dress on standby for any occasion – not silly at all is it?
More on the accessories and more photos on my blog