The “Carrera” Dress
Fabric: about 1.5 metres of black-and-white tshirting knit from my stash, approx $4 per metre
Pattern: self-drafted, based on a similar dress I own
Time to complete: 2 hours (including accidently cutting half the skirt wrong and having to re-do it)
First worn: for these photos, taken on our regular evening stroll, trying to get an overtired little baby to sleep (*sigh*)
Wear again? yep, probably tomorrow
Total cost: $6
Surprise surprise, it’s another breastfeeding-friendly dress! Notice that cross-over bodice? Easily pulled to one side or the other, without accidently half-undoing the rest of the dress as tends to happen with “real” wrap-around dresses.
I started this back for the black-and-white challenge. And then the unthinkable happened – my overlocker died! (Well, in actuality, just the 4-thread stretch stitch on it died, the rest was fine). It took a couple of weeks to get it to the overlocker-hospital and back again (one day, I must learn to drive – it’ll make that sort of thing a lot faster), but I have it home and working again now, so stretch fabrics better watch out coz I’ve got plans for a lot of them!
This dress was based off one I already own, which is nice and comfy, easily dressed up for work, and meets all of Drake’s exacting requirements regarding super-fast access to certain areas. I used a self-drafted knit fabric top pattern I made years ago, and just invented it as I went along. (I have a terrible habit of doing that – just merrily cutting away, blithely assuming it’ll all be fine. And then something happens, like I accidently cut one half of the skirt too narrowly and have to re-cut it. The initial skirt section is destined to be trousers for the little guy sometime in the next couple of days. Then we can be all matchy-matchy. Again.)
I played around with the direction of the stripes, since this is a 4-way stretch I could have some fun with that, so why not, eh?
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this. Half the making time was playing around with cutting out pattern pieces to get the look I was after, so it was a super-fast make, and will do the job wonderfully as an easy summer dress. It also works well for playing on swings at the Carrera Park playground. ;-)