‘Dancing Skeleton’ dress
Fabric: 2 metres of Dancing Skeleton print cotton.
Notions thread, home made black bias binding
Time to complete probably a day in total.
First worn: Today.
Wear again? Definitely, I’m wearing it now.
Total price: Probably about £15.00
This may be my last post for while – I have signed up for National Novel Writing Month, so may only get to sew if serious writer’s block sets in.
Anyway, I was never going to make a costume for this challenge. I love Halloween but I am trying to make more clothes that I will actually wear. I am also trying to work through my fabric stash before I buy anything new. These two pledges are not necessarily compatible, which is probably why this skeleton fabric has been sitting in my stash for well over a year.
When I read that we were doing a Halloween challenge I dragged it out from the bottom of the box and realised that it is not actually that lairy. If I kept it simple I could probably make something wearable. I have had the Simplicity 2444 pattern for ages, bought after seeing beauties like these here, here and here ….
I read that the neck can gape so I tried to make adjustments before cutting and did an FBA (I’m just about getting the hang of it now). Despite that I still had to add a couple of little darts at the neckline. And I think I must have the most abnormally thin back ever – I had to take it in by about four inches! The fit still isn’t perfect but it will do and I now know what I need to do when I make this pattern again, which I definitely will. It was a joy to sew, it has pockets(!) and now I have sussed out how to make it fit I think this will be the first of many. And the Mena test worked – no zipper! (Tiny head as well as tiny back?). I finished off with black bias binding at the arm holes and neck, and a strip round the waist – I thought it needed something there but I can never get the hang of belts. Or any accessories actually. I really envy those people who can just chuck on a scarf, belt or some jewellery and look totally put together, Maybe it’s something I should work on.
Pictures taken by my daughter, on condition that I wear a mask for at least one photo and take her trick or treating tonight.