Clearly this is not the dress I started working on at the beginning of the week. I was going to use Butterick 5533-
I made all of alterations to the pattern then got to work on the muslin. I wasn’t really happy with it. I didn’t like the gathering in front. I thought maybe I’d adjust the pattern by taking out the gathers and making princess seams instead. That meant work I wasn’t really up to. I pulled out a tunic pattern I have and thought I could combine the two by adding the skirt to the bottom of the tunic. By this time it was Friday and I hadn’t even gone to the fabric store. I went to the fabric store thinking I’d make the dress out of houndstooth and maybe add some other fabric to contrast like the pretty dresses in Stella McCartney’s Fall 2012 collection-
Well I got there and saw that they had just gotten in some new fabrics for fall. I fell in love with this french denim. It’s got a snake print on it and a little bit of sparkle. It was screaming to be made into a cute pair of pants. I ignored the screams and decided to look in another room. That’s when I spotted this chiffon fabric. This would look great as a simple top over my chambray button down…I’ll just buy a little and make it after I make my dress for the Gatsby challenge.
I just wasn’t in a dress kind of mood. I got to talking to Stephanie who was cutting my fabric.
me: I’m supposed to be making something inspired by Great Gatsby. This isn’t going to work is it?
Stephanie: Well, for some the 20’s were a time of rebellion.
me: Perfect! I’ll be inspired by the rebellion and call it “Rebel Rebel”.
The dress will just have to be made another time. I’m glad I used what little energy I had to make something I’m really happy with. I hope you all don’t mind. I’ll try not to make a habit of it. OK? Next week I will make something with polka dots and not comfy lounge pants out of that fabulous purple paisley that keeps dancing around in my head.
Pattern: Butterick 5682 for the pants and Burda 8220 (kind of) for the top
Fabric: 2yds coated french denim $19 and 1 1/4 yds poly chiffon $5
Notions: 1 zipper and 1 button from stash
Total Price: $24
First Worn: Today-to church and to run errands. I felt so stylish running around in this.
Wear again: Absolutely!