Sunday, October 22, 2023

Wrapped in Vintage

I am getting better at making newly released patterns.  I have a tendency to get excited by a new pattern, think up all sorts of options for said pattern, and then get distracted by other shiny things.  Then the weather changes and I lose track of the pattern, and out of sight, out of mind, and that projects gets lost in the shuffle.

But I was definitely intrigued by this vintage reproduction and wanted to give this one a try . . . sooner rather than later.

It's a fabric hog, so my choices of stashed fabric were limited.  But I did have a lot of this print.  

One dye bath later (in an effort to make the color story slightly more palatable), and it was time to cut into the pattern.

The sewing process itself was a bit of an adventure, and I was convinced halfway through that the project was destined to fail.  Some designs give you a good idea of the final fit along the way, but this is not one of them!  This looks like a shapeless sack right up until the end.

But I kept going, and surprise, surprise, this dress turned out to be a super comfy, easy to wear option for lazy days when I can't be bothered.

The print has certainly grown on me, but it's never going to be my first choice, which is keeping this dress from being a favorite.  However, it has certainly earned its place in my wardrobe.  And I do think that all of the elastic casings and gathered ruffles improve the fabric print, so this particular pattern was a great choice for this fabric.

And for that, I am very pleased.

This version was always intended as a wearable muslin, and after completing the dress, I was rethinking that.  Do I really need another version of a dress that doesn't thrill me?  Well, having now realized that this is the perhaps the ultimate throw on and go dress, I may have to make myself another - only time will tell.  And if I come across the right fabric, it is quite likely that this design will make an appearance in next Summer's sewing queue. 

Dress:  Made by me, McCalls 8358
Shoes:  Sam Edelman "Kanya"
Necklace:  Vintage, from Mom
Bracelet:  Vintage, from Mom

1 comment:

  1. I laughed out loud at your commentary on your process post. I would have been tempted to throw in the towel too, but it turned out to be so much more than the sum of its parts. The color is electric, and that neckline is really lovely on you. It's bold, but casually effortless--well done! I actually LOVE it, which I never thought I'd say about anything with tiers and ruffles.