Hot! ‘Dancing Skeleton’ dress


The Facts

Fabric: 2 metres of Dancing Skeleton print cotton.
PatternSimplicity 2444.
Year Contemporary
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.



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


Comments are closed.

  1. Hooray for NaNoWriMo! I’m in the same boat. Decided today that I’m really doing it and editing can be put off a month if need be. Good luck!!!!

  2. I think pairing that fabric with that style makes it definitely everyday-wearable, nice work!

  3. I’ve done NaNo, too. Kind of like making a muslin. Good luck. Love the dress fabric BTW, perfect for Nov 1, Day of the Dead!

  4. Whoops, I mean Nov 2, Day of the Dead.

  5. Love your skeleton dress! Fit looks great and so do the thin black touches of binding. I’m in your camp with belts– other people seem to manage them so well, but yeah not me. I also started NaNoWriMo. Gulp.

  6. Great fabric and dress pattern. It looks very flattering on you. It does look very appropriate for Dia De Los Muertos. You’ll be dressed perfectly in the upcoming years for both holidays. Good luck with your writing challenge. That’s very admirable.

  7. Fabulous dress and fabric, love the contrasting trim. Good luck with your writing venture sounds great. See you when you have writers block :)

  8. Very cute! Fun print + lovely simple shape = totally wearable beyond Halloween! Especially as Dia de los Muertos prints are such a hot trend at the moment. I’ve even seen Dia de los Muertos lace!