The ‘tent is a tent’ dress
If ever there was a style of dress to get tongues wagging, it has to be the tent dress… don’t you think? No poor girl can wear a comfy, breezy, waistless dress (even in our current heat wave) without whispers about baby bumps and such. Particularly if said girl hasn’t been heard from in quite a few months. Right?
RIGHT YOU ARE!!
That there is baby number 2!……23 weeks along. Where has the time gone!
I really thought I’d better get my act together and at least get in a Sew Weekly Challenge before the end of the year.. just to let you lovely ladies know that I am indeed happy and healthy and haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Of course I’ll be lucky if this post makes it up by the end of the week.. but here’s hoping!
This dress is so simple to construct it’s bordering on cheating. (although wrangling tent sized pieces of bias cut slippery fabric in a small space has it’s challenges!)
There was no way I was going to toile this. I mean it’s a tent right? what fitting issues could there possibly be?
Well – I lowered the front and back neckline because I didn’t want to put in a zip. – turns out the original neckline would probably have been fine.
I lowered the armhole because 60’s armholes are notoriously tight. – turns out I didn’t need to do that either!
And even though the pattern was for a 36″ bust – which I now am – I had to take it in 2 inches on each side seam! For real!
Nothing like making a tent dress at 23weeks pregnant and finding it too big. hahahahaha.
And because no mummy sewer is without a photo bomber – here is baby no. 1. Yes she’s still in her pj’s and her hair isn’t brushed – but mama had a dress to hem and photos to take before the photographer – aka husband/daddy left for work! Sometimes.. things just slide you know. lol.
On a personal note (and with the risk of sounding like an overly emotional, hormonal pregnant woman) I just want to say thank you to all the lovely people I’ve connected with on the Sew Weekly over the last 2 years. My contribution this year has been a bit slacker than I’d hoped for, but there is no denying how much it has helped me. That first year of motherhood really knocked me for six… Joining Sew Weekly in 2011, pulled me out of my doldrums and gave ‘me’ something again… and it was just what I needed. x
⁃ Fabric: Slippery polyester stuff bought on sale last year, poly lining – grandma’s stash
⁃ Year: 1966
⁃ Time to complete: Here and there over 3 days
⁃ First worn: for these photos
⁃ Wear again? Yes.. but the fabric is a bit hot for our weather at the moment!
⁃ Total price: $24 (but it was money spent too long ago to count right?)