|Walnut likes Batman too. Does that make him a geek cat?|
Confession time: for all that I'm a geek, I have never read comic books. Probably never will. But I do love me some Saturday morning cartoons. Oddly enough, they were never a staple while growing up; my very Chinese parents (read: tiger mom and high expectations Asian father) didn't allow us to watch any TV that wasn't educational. So after a steady diet of Bill Nye the Science Guy and Wishbone, I finally got to watch actual cartoons in, get this, high school. Actually, the deal was I could turn on the TV and watch whatever I wished when I graduated from Chinese school. So it wasn't until sophomore year of high school that I discovered the wonders of the DC and Marvel universes. Because of my late arrival, I never followed the original Batman: The Animated Series; I only watched scattered episodes here and there when they re-aired. No, my real immersion into Gotham City came through Batman Beyond. Seriously, I was totally in love with Terry McGinnis and his reformed bad boy persona.
But I digress. Even though Bruce Wayne isn't Terry McGinnis, I still love what the Batman character represents. No, not flat affect and the inability to form a lasting, normal relationship with anyone other than Alfred. I love that he doesn't have special mutant powers or an alien heritage or some other crazy innate ability; he's a self-made superhero who got where he is through working out like crazy and having excellent deductive reasoning (and lots of money). So when I found a Batman twin flat sheet at the thrift store for $3, I knew I had to make it into a dress.
|Dark photo. Because, you know, Batman is the Dark Knight.|
Simplicity 8722, to make this dress. I've had this pattern for a while and just never found the right fabric for it; it looks too loose to wear without a belt, and I don't think it would look very good unless the fabric was very drapey. Since the Batman sheet was a jersey knit, it was perfect. Also because Batman is a vintage comic book character.
|On the lookout for the Joker.|
|No zipper! No darts! Actually, I did put in the shoulder darts.|
|Still okay, but definitely headed into muumuu territory.|
|Throw on a cardigan, and from far away it almost looks like a real dress.|
|I'm a normal person, I promise.|
Fabric: 100% cotton jersey knit twin flat sheet from Salvation Army
Notions: None! I think that's a first!
Hours: As the package says, it's a "jiffy," easy cut, easy sew: 2.5 hours total...that is definitely a record. Probably because I didn't need to finish any seams.
Techniques used: This is kind of embarassing, but this is the first time I have ever set sleeves into a dress. Next time I will spread the gathers out more so that I don't have such a poofy sleeve top.
|Also, one sleeve is poofier than the other. I am really proud, though, of the semi-fabric matching on the sleeves.|
Will you make this again? I think I actually might, next time I have another knit fabric with a crazy print. This pattern is so suited to drapey fabrics, and it sews up so quickly! Although I will probably go sleeveness next time, and possibly tackle that keyhole.
Total cost: $3! And I still have about a third of the sheet left. Perfect for lining pouches and things!
Final thoughts: I am totally in love with this dress. I wore it to run errands in and it was so comfortable. I was kind of waiting for someone to comment on the Batmans (Batmen?), but no one did. Call me crazy (my husband certainly did), but it made me happy inside to know I was being a huge geek.
picked up a bunch last weekend in the fabric district.
Linked at Tatertots and Jello and Sew Country Chick.