The “Relaxed Late Summer Polka” Dress
- Fabric: very staticky synthetic, but it was the only polka dots in my stash
- Pattern: Simplicity 3539
- Year: 2007
- Notions: thread (The same thread I’ve used for my last two projects!), bias binding
- First worn: September 16, 2012
- Wear again?: Most likely
- Total price: $0
I have had this pattern practically since I started sewing apparel and have made up the pants, the tunic (which you may remember I remade into this dress), and this dress once before. It’s a fun pattern to reuse because I keep having to go down to the next smaller size (I got it and sewed the pants when I still had all my baby weight on). The last time I made this dress I used a blue (big surprise) fabric that in retrospect I see was too stiff for it. So I thought I’d try it in this flimsy synthetic. Like all such fabrics, it feels so soft (which is why you buy it), was ultra cheap (which is also why you buy it), and is super prone to static cling (which is why you sort of hate it). But, when a challenge calls for polka dots and you happen to have just one piece of polka dot fabric left in the stash, beggars can’t be choosers and you stock up on Static Guard. (Aside: I have seriously gone nine months without buying fabric. I’m taking a bow now.)
I was smart this time around and tried on my previous version of the dress to see where the fit needed adjusting. And so I made a size smaller than the pattern suggested according to measurements (and I’m now down to the smallest size on the pattern). The slippery fabric was not a joy to cut and sew, but since there are few pieces and few seams, it wasn’t so bad and the whole thing went together ultra fast.
And now I have something that, with a belt, works for spring and summer; with a sweater or jacket, tights, and boots would work for autumn; and with no belt works as a nightgown!
And despite the static, I think it’s kind of cute. When I wore it on Sunday, I sprayed the heck out of it before leaving the house, then brought the Static Guard to church with me. Even with all the up and down and in and out of chairs and pews, I only sprayed it one more time. So it’s not too bad in this perfect late summer weather we’ve been having. I plan on crocheting a little ivory shrug for it next year when I’m taking a sewing break. And I must say, it is really comfy for lounging around at home after dining al fresco after church. In all these photos just one thing is going through my mind: I should have ordered another tiramisu.