The “What’s black and white and red all over?” dress
Fabric: 3.5 yds cotton lobster print fabric $13.97 (£8.79), cotton sheet and satin sheet, both from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 4070 bodice view A, skirt view F.
Notions: Zip $0.99 (£0.62), thread.
Time to complete: 16 hours.
First worn: 18th November 2012.
Wear again? Yes, probably for Thanksgiving.
Total Cost: $14.96 (£9.41)
The challenge: “Black and white”.
What’s black and white and red all over?
A sun-burnt penguin? Nah, not this time.
A newspaper? Nope, that’s ‘read all over’.
A very confused lobster? Getting closer.
Tempest when she’s ‘cheating’ for the black and white challenge? You got it (dude).
Look, there’s nothing about the challenge that definitely said the fabric had to be black and white……and you knooooow how much I adore the colour black, so I made something I wanted to, photographed it and then used the focal b&w tool (those are the ones with the circle draining out the colour) and b&w and it’s repaint tool (the less harsh changes) in Pic Monkey. That satisfies the criteria doesn’t it? No? Still not happy? OK, what about the fabric is white (half the required element) and red….oh, and with a green satin sash….but the lobsters are outlined in black. That counts doesn’t it?
Well tough. I honestly couldn’t do black even with white.
This is the first time I’ve used Simplicity’s 4070. To be honest I’m not sure I like the bodice – the front curve of the arm syce is too deep, shows a bit too much skin. I prefer mine a little more vertical.
The princess seams were a bit strange too. I think I honestly prefer the bodice shape on the Simplicity 2444, with the double waist darts rather than the princess seams….I shall reserve the latter for shirts in the future. The skirt though is lovely (view F of the 4070), not a complete circle but still hinting at a retro shape whilst still being modernly practical.
I’m wearing this for the photos without a net petticoat, which is probably how I’ll wear this dress day-to-day but I’ll add the netting for special occasions, like Thanksgiving this week. Hey, did you know the Pilgrims ate lobster and considered it a low-class boring food? The things you learn volunteering in 4th grade classes eh.
My sash seemed to have a mind of it’s own. I’d fixed it perfectly before I got in the car to drive….and you can tell I was without my stylist for this shoot…the poor little thing was at home throwing up, and is this morning devastated that she can’t go to school and has broken her full attendance record.
I shall now go and sit on the naughty step. Which is a long way away from my sewing machine, so next week’s 1960’s themed thing (I’m out of inspiration at the moment, despite the 60s having so much fashion variety) will be hard to sew. Plus I’m stuck at home with madam being ill, so I might just have to make a mini-dress out of curtain in my stash. We’ll see.
Oh what the heck, do you want to see it properly? OK, just don’t turn me in to the prefects or headmaster for breaking the rules, here you go: