The “FloJo Fashionista Tribute” Dress
Pattern: McCall’s M6559
Notions: Red Piping and Thread from Stash
Time to Complete: 6 Hours
First Worn: Thomas Jefferson Outdoor Running Track
Wear Again? Yes
Total Price: $15 – $15 for Fabric
When I was in High School, FloJo was the track star that I cheered for in the Olympics and she had a style all her own. I channeled her spirit into a garment that would win the fashion best foot forward race! In my photos I incorporated all 5 olympic colors, 3 in the dress – yellow, black and red, 2 in the background blue and green. The fabric and pattern design reminded me of flags swaying in the wind and the star is for every person who had a dream to participated in the olympics. The games have been so much fun to watch on TV and I love to learn about the journeys of some of the athletes.
The dress is a medium thick jersey which I sewed on my standard machine and then serged all the edges. I’m happy that the garment looks finished on the inside. I added the piping detail to the neckline and armholes for 2 reason, 1) with the weight of the garment I wanted to help stabilize the shape and 2) to add a pop of color.
I should mention that I used a stretch seam stitch on my Elna machine, it’s a narrow stitch that eliminates puckering on jersey and knit fabrics and great when you need to sew on the bias. I’ve found it really helps prevent skip stitches on jersey and does a wonderful job on a hemline. I think I may go back and make a bolero jacket in black to complete this outfit. It’s really comfortable and I feel very ladylike yet athletic.
The photos where taken in Thomas Jefferson Outdoor Track Park in Manhattan and although I feel golden “Muneca” the Fiesty Bichon Frise, left me in the dark.