My “Balancing-lifes-Polka-dots” dress
Fabric: Turquoise Silk and black net with polka dots from stash
Pattern: McCalls 3858
Notions: 1 zipper
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: September 2012
Wear again? Probably, at Christmas
Total Cost: Free
This week was all about those decisions we make to balance out what we “need” to do and what we “want” to do. I “needed” to do nothing for three days after Gatsby, I “wanted” to play with puppies. I spent a lot of time letting puppies roll around in my lap, chew on my sandals and just be puppies. Around Wednesday I finally looked through my fabrics for appropriate dotty-love and found the black netting with flocked dots. Ohhhh…..black over just about anything is tons of fun : ) I dug through the shelves in my closet and pulled out a pile of silks. I have plans for everything in that pile, really I do. Really…
I decided I liked the turquoise the best. The entire process making this dress, from cut out to stitching up, was done in increments around walking dogs, playing with puppies and having to do that work thing. I didn’t have any issues with the pattern but I will admit to reading not a single word of the directions! I do know that there is a midriff lining that I just didn’t have time for, it came down to staying up really late when I was really, really tired or doing the lining. Sleep won, no lining BUT I have every intention of retro-fitting one. Here’s my other reason for “being lazy” – in between walking dogs, biking to work and all life has to offer, I’m also going to play around with Weight Watchers online. I *may* have to take the dress in not too much further down the road : ) At least that’s the plan but since I’ve stated it in a very public way I can’t not do anything, right?
The only thing I changed was I put the center front panels on the fold rather than cutting two. There ‘should’ be eight panels to the skirt, mine has seven. It just seemed silly especially when I wanted to make sure the dots all lined up down the center front! There are 4 darts in the skirt as well as 6 in the top. One of these days I’m going to add up the number of darts I’ve sewn this year, I think many of my patterns are dart-heavy : )
I also lengthened the bodice, I wanted that seam below the girls, not cutting across them. Once again, fitting things on myself worked out only fairly well. Now that I see the pics I think I’ll take the bodice and skirt apart, trim a little off the bottom of the top, a little off the top of the bottom and add the midriff lining : ) Make sense? I also discovered one of the basic bras I wear on the weekend is REALLY unflattering on me! I wasn’t feeling so great about this dress until I put it on sans bra and voila! Everyone was in the right place, nothing was askew, I felt SO much better about myself : ) My daughter and I headed out to do photos…
The sun was going down and it was windy.
More than once I found myself channeling Marilyn and had to keep my skirt down!
You can also see my cha-cha Yves St. Laurent shoes I found at the flea market for five dollars : )
Because there weren’t enough polka dots on the dress I made sure to bring along my polka dot bracelets.
They were a dollar a piece at the flea market. Polka dots and glitter for a buck, how could I pass them up?
But here is the ultimate polka-dotty accessory:
Little polka-dotty pibble puppy : ) We’re fostering mama Chloe and her eight puppies and this is why I’m so distracted. But it’s a pretty good way to be distracted I think.