Fabric.com. It began when I decided I wanted to knock-off the Dulcie Dress from Anthropologie (don't worry, that's still happening). I couldn't find any appropriate lacy sweaters at the thrift store, nor fabrics at the fabric stores for a reasonable price. After waffling for two weeks, I finally purchased some from Fabric.com, but not before also adding this stretch lace in cream/metallic gold. It's only because of their insidious practice of putting "You May Like:" boxes on the right side of the page. When I saw this pattern, I immediately thought, "That looks really Rohirric." As in, originating from the kingdom of Rohan in Tolkien's Middle Earth. So of course* I had to get it. I only bought two yards, though. What was I thinking.
When it arrived, it was both wonderfully drapey and horribly polyester. It felt like those suits you see in thrift stores month after month because nobody wants one. Which is yet another reason why this dress will never make it out of the house.
Anyway, I sewed it up using one of the few long dress patterns that I have, Simplicity 8722, View 1, as a starting point. Appropriate, considering that it's a 70s pattern and that was also the height of polyester madness. The 1.5 yards that I ordered were barely enough to cut out such a long dress; even then I had to squeeze my modified sleeve patterns into the scraps leftover. I've never so thoroughly obliterated any fabric in my stash. Unfortunately, after sewing up the darts and shoulders and sides, the dress was utterly shapeless. Not quite the svelte shieldmaiden look I was going for. So I started pinching and pinning and resewing the sides, and after three rounds of this, I finally got the look I was going for.
|Awkward elbow pose!|
I will add this to my collection of dress-up clothes, of which this is the least goth. And the most bridal. Happy birthday to me!
Fabric: 98% polyester, 2% lycra stretch lace knit in cream with gold stripes woven into it.
Notions: None! I really do love that this pattern requires no closures of any kind when done in knit.
Hours: Fairly quick for me...three hours, and it would have been less if this wasn't a beast to pin, and have the pin stay while I took the dress off and walked it over to the sewing machine.
Techniques used: This was my first (and second) double fisheye dart. Not the best ever; they're lumpy at the ends, but I'll blame it on the slipperiness and meshiness of the fabric.
Will you make this again? A day may come when I actually make up Simplicity 8722 with a keyhole in the front. But it is not this day!
Total cost: 1.5 yards at $5.08/yd, total $7.62. Not bad!
Final thoughts: I have to admit, I would never have tried this if I hadn't seen Tanit-Isis' fabulous 70s white maxi dress. But I did, and now I have a random white maxi dress that I'm pretty excited about.
|"But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, |
in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking,
and the walls of her bower closing in about her,
a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?"
*Of course, because Rohan is my favorite of the cultures in Middle Earth. Maybe it's my childhood obsession with horses, or the fact that Eowyn is one of my favorite heroines in SF/F lit, or that Theoden King has the best speeches. The elves are my design inspiration, but I love Rohan best. So much so that one time, driving through, San Francisco, my best friends and I saw a tiny restaurant/bar called Rohan and had to go try it out. It had nothing to do with LOTR, but it became one of our favorite places until it closed.