Every year I search for the perfect summer dress. I’ve been doing this for almost 6 years now and seem nowhere close to finding it. I see lots of beautiful dresses that you’ve all made – selected the right pattern with the right fabric and – viola – a dress that can be worn daily, perfect seasonal wear that looks fab. So this year is no exception and the quest for the perfect dress has started…again….I titled this post Part 1 because I truly believe there will be many more documenting my pursuit of The Dress.
A couple of posts recently inspired the latest attempt at The Dress. Kathryn used a fabulous wax print for a circle skirt – the fabric is so happy and cheerful that you couldn’t help but smile when wearing this. So the fabric idea came from her. Thanks Kathryn. I searched the internet and came up with Middlesex Textiles – a wonderful shop that specialises in African prints. A staggering array of colours and patterns and based in the UK so I’ve no pesky import tax to pay.
So I selected one that was on offer and what a bargain! The fabric is sold as a cut length of 6yds (5.5m) and is about 42″ wide. Within a couple of days the parcel arrived, beautifully wrapped and presented with labels declaring its pedigree of genuine wax printing.
The fabric itself is a myriad of strong bright colours – red, navy, turquoise and yellow on a white background. The dyes are so intense that it looks the same back and front.
Crunch time – the patten!
My good internet sewing friend Lucia sent me a Vogue pattern a little while ago as I had admired it – thanks Lucia – and as I had 6 yds of fabric and this pattern called for at least 4 – we were all set.
Vogue 1312 Mizono design – that I’ve seen made up and looking wonderful on various blogs and PR.
A swirly full skirt with a little vest-like sleeveless top – yes sleeveless, it is summer after all! An invisible side zip and all the pattern pieces various degrees of squares – apart from the neckline and armscythes. Simple sewing – great for time constraint sewing time these days.
Two important things to note:
1. I used a very large directional print – all other versions I’ve seen are plain or in a small print.
2. The pattern says to use only 60″ wide fabric, mine was 42″ and I got the dress cut out just fine, but lengthening would have been impossible. There wasn’t too much left of my 6 yds afterwards either.
So the two were paired together to produce this….
We met some very good friends who we haven’t seen in nearly 10 years at the weekend and I put on my new dress to go out to dinner with them all. While I love my DH dearly his candour can be cutting sometimes… first the silence but hard stares and then the barrage…..
“that’s awful”, “too old”, and even my dear friend Y got in on the attack – “too much fabric!”, ‘the top is too old for you”
So the dress was taken off and fancy pants were put on instead.
What’s your opinion? Remember, we like honesty in comments.
Did I waste a zip?