I made an old dress!
If you read this blog back in the day you might recognise this design, as I first made it in a blue geometric print cotton back in 2012. That dress was worn to death over several summers and I remember it being so comfortable in the heat. Although I still have it I feel it is rather loud for my current taste so I don’t wear it much now.
It is not often that I remake a pattern, especially one that is so distinctive, but I needed a summer dress real fast. Of course, the day I finished this one the hot humid weather disappeared ha!
It is kind of hard to tell in this busy fabric, but the bodice has vertical gathers over the bust and is flat through the midriff. The gathered skirt is narrower than the original dress, which was very full and rather dangerous in the wind!
The fabric is a burgundy floral viscose crepe from The Fabric Store (purchased last summer) and is lovely and drapy and cool to wear. The black contrast fabric is linen – not my first choice, but it used up a remnant from stash so that is a win! It probably needed to be fused as the bands tended to distort around the curves, unlike the stable cotton I used in the original dress. In the interests of keeping everything lightweight I didn’t fuse anything, and consequently there are a few wiggly bits where the bands aren’t 100% even. But we won’t stress about that.
The back view – with zip half undone:
I think it is time I abandoned centre back zips as I can’t actually do them up anymore! I usually get Steven to zip up those last few inches, but the other day I forgot and turned up at work flashing my underwear! Normally I would choose a black zip for this dress so the pull would be disguised against the black linen band, but I have a bundle of burgundy zips that need using up so just I sewed one of them in. Gives it that homemade touch!
So I’ve ended up with something quite different to what I had planned for this fabric. In some ways I wish I stuck with my original plan (for a boho-ish midi dress with a flounce or two) because I think that would be more ‘me’ and more fashionable too, but what the heck – it is too late now!
Are you good at sticking to your original plan for a fabric? Or do you often end up changing your mind impulsively too?