The “Mullet” MuuMuu
Fabric: old twin sheet
Pattern: McCall’s M6553
Notions: button from stash, interfacing
Time to complete: about 3 hours
First worn: 7/1
Wear again: yes
Total cost: free
Having worked hard on fitted bodices the past two weeks, I wanted to make something easy and unfitted for a change. When I saw sallieoh’s beautiful billowy blanket dress, I found the perfect pattern, which happened to be on supersale. It’s out of my normal range and risky– could be brilliant, could be horrible. I was just working with an old bed sheet in a size we don’t use anymore that happens to have a patriotic color scheme. Why not? All the amazing draping and volume that goes on around here at the SW has definitely rubbed off on me.
I’m not familiar with the Fashion Star show, but this Fashion Star pattern seems like a blatant rip-off of the Project Runway patterns by Simplicity. They have the same “options” sketches and are clearly trying for hip and young. My measurements fall into the 12-14 range in the big four pattern companies, but I’ve learned through trial and much error to cut an 8 on the top, a 14 on the bottom and adjust as I go from there. Since this style is described as very loose-fitting, I decided to cut a 6 in the whole thing. That worked great. I did lower the front neckline a tad. I skipped the belt since I wanted to keep it simple this week.
To my amazement, I like this dress a lot! It was liberating. I can see myself wearing it over a swim suit to the beach or pool and around the house and out and about in hot, sticky weather. Perhaps to the hot dog eating contest on July 4 at Coney Island. In a nice fabric with good drape a step or two above a sheet I think it could look elegant, like sallieoh’s. Yes, it could be a maternity dress. I don’t care.