After working with this fabric for hours, I decided that I was making a huge mistake. And when I tried on the dress for the first time Sunday afternoon, I was about to cry. Note to self: do not try anything on when you look terrible. And if the dress needs a petticoat, for goodness sake, put one on because it will make all the difference!
I looked like some horrible 1980s black and white blob. No, no, no! Thankfully (at least in this case) I am stubborn, and decided I would finish the darn thing anyway.
My bad mood may have had something to do with an email that arrived two days prior, informing the event volunteers (that’s me) to wear khaki or white pants. For anyone else, this would be a relief. Well, you may already be able to guess my dilemma: I do not own a pair of khaki pants. Well, I probably have a pair at the bottom of some drawer, but I did not feel like calling in the bloodhounds, as any pants that might be resting in peace are probably some pleated monstrosity with pegged legs from the early 1990s, and they need to stay exactly where they are. Besides, I had already planned my outfit, and, well, that stubborn personality was rearing its unattractive head.
After a quick email, it was clear that I would be allowed a bit of leeway in regards to my choice of clothing. I think that the “wear khaki or white - no jeans or shorts” rule applied more to those who were golfing during the day, anyway.
The theme for this week’s Sew Weekly challenge was The Diamond Jubilee. I looked to the past for inspiration, and my new favorite pattern was a perfect match.
The original plan for this dress was to make a white satin belt. But, once again, time was the enemy. So I pulled out one of my handy beaded belts from my lucky birthday thrifting adventure. And I believe I like the black contrast more than I would have liked the white. So, thank you 24 hour day for keeping me from my original plans.
I also had envisioned wearing a large white flower in my hair. But once I put the dress on, I decided it was going to be way too much. Thank you, Sarah Jessica Parker, for the brooch in the hair idea.
There was even a bagpiper performing at the event, so I snapped a quick photo - for a moment there, I felt like Fiona in Brigadoon! And that kilt reminds me, I think I may have to make myself a pleated plaid skirt this Fall.
One of these days a successfully finished project may slake my sewing appetite, but for the moment, finishing a dress makes me want to get all of those ideas floating around in my head worked out in fabric, and ready to wear!
More construction details may be found here.
Shoes: Nine West