The “Stop Making Sense” Shirt Dress
Fabric: Orange/white polka dot quilting cotton from stash, think it was from fabric discount store, probably about $3, Tangerine tango shirting cotton leftover from Pantone challenge in stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 9362 adapted.
Notions: 9 buttons, fusible interfacing, thread, all in stash.
Time to complete: 14 hours.
First worn: 20th August 2012.
Wear again? Yep!
Total Cost: $3 (£1.91)
The challenge: “Collar Me Beautiful: This week, we’re all about collars”.
First of all, let me assure that I’m actually smiling a lot more this week than in previous weeks. I actually thought I’d done a good job of smiling in these photos until I looked at them….forgive me, I took them at the worst part of the day here and the barely-being-able-to-keep-my-eyes-open-in-the-bright-sunlight looks like I’m not much improved from last week’s dive into the deep.
I’ve actually had some fun this week.
This is how it all happened (are you sitting comfortably?)
So last week was the Music challenge. And I did a rather cathartic but scaring of the horses (Frau Blucher!) tribute to the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon LBD, but all week pondered what I should have really made, as I hated making that dress (yes, yes, I know you all warned me not to) and don’t like Pink Floyd.
One of the options that I’d dearly like to make one day is a David Byrne Stop Making Sense over-sized suit….but I’ll let the more experienced seamstresses/tailors in our ranks achieve the suit-in-a-week miracle, my talents aren’t there yet. And to be honest, this would be one occasion that Leimomi could ask “but would you actually wear it out?” and I’d probably have to admit no ;)
So the plan was to make something with a collar, channeling the David Byrne suit, that would give me the excuse to play Talking Heads (and straying into some Tom Tom Club)…..and in orange, to cleanse myself of that Little Black Dress.
I picked up a 1995 (though to me it feels slightly more 80s) Simplicity 9362 pattern in a charity shop for 25c (16p) as it wasn’t far off my size and I knew I could grade it up (I so rarely find any retro/vintage patterns my end of the scale and haven’t scaled up anything under an 18 yet….perhaps by the end of the year). I loved the quirkiness of the over-size shirt with attached button-down tie…..so decided to make it even bigger and into a shirt dress. My youngest is trying to encourage me to make a belt in the orange, but I quite like it boxy, even if that isn’t particularly flattering.
I do like this tie-bit and how it buttons down using the shirt buttons.
So there you go. It was fun. It makes me feel a WHOLE lot better. And as I say, sorry I was scowling at the sun instead of smiling….I will do better next week…..particularly as the assistant in Jo-Ann’s remarked on next week’s fabric when I was buying it “ooh this will be a bit hot for this weather” (currently still just above 102F/39C, so cooler than of late, and it’s tartan)……I might have to do the shoot at night and with my feet in a bowl of iced water (and no that’s not a clue to the literary character inspiring my make! I’m such a tease).