The “Liberty Loves Company” Dress
Fabric: Patriotic print quilting cotton
Pattern: Same as the “Look on the Bright Side” dress
Notions: Bias binding, NO ZIPPER!
Time to complete: 5 1/2 hours
First worn: While eating, drinking, and being merry with friends on the July 4th holiday
Wear again? Yes. On July 4, 2013
Total Price: $12
While notions shopping, I decided to buy some 55% off patriotic themed fabric and use it to sew a wearable muslin for this week’s Red, White, & Blue Challenge. Because really, unless one is leading a parade, running a political rally, or watching fireworks…there’s no reason to wear patriotic prints.
The summer has just begun and I’m already battling mosquitoes. I figure a sleeveless maxi dress or two in cotton or linen will keep me cool AND the mosquito repellent only has to go on my arms. Unshaven, repellent-free legs under a full and breezy maxi skirt….my kind of summer fashion.
The stars and stripes are great, novelty fun (I kinda feel like Mrs. Captain America) and not too distracting for me to see the potential of this dress style. The patch pocket was also an experiment. I’m very happy with both the skirt length and the pocket and have already thought of several variations for the look. Oh, and since these days, I need all of the construction shortcuts I can get….I also performed my first “Mena Test” to see if I could successfully sew AND pull on a zipper-less dress. And, with some strategic tugging over the girls (while wearing a satiny bra or slip), I totally can!
Thanks for looking.