It seems that the common denominator in my most liked projects were brightly-colored, made from used sheets, and quirky/different. So of course my most recent project is none of the above. It is neutral colored, made from a purchased knit fabric, and made explicitly to imitate what everyone is wearing these days. Oh Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how your wardrobe does grow!
|Yup, this is pretty much the opposite of a six-legged hippo.|
My pattern was self-drafted, but
|Mine was based on View B, minus the studs.|
|After stitching, but before cutting out the piece underneath.|
|After cutting out the fabric.|
|Without a person to fill it out. See the elastic waist? Sooo comfy.|
My husband took advantage of the beautiful golden light at sunset to snap these pictures. I think it highlights the gold belt and sequins so nicely. Ignore the badly painted garages and the drainage ditch in the background.
Fabric: 1.5 yards of cotton knit and a crochet lace applique piece, both originally purchased from the FIDM scholarship store, then stashed while waiting for the right inspiration
Notions: 1/2" elastic for the waist
Hours: 1.5 hours...really fast for me, if you don't count the time spent experimenting with the double needle and drawing up the pattern.
Techniques used: My very first lace insertion, and double needle hems!
Will you make this again? Maybe? I don't think I need more than one of this type of dress, although it is extremely comfortable.
Total cost: $4! The fabric was $2/yd, the lace piece $0.50, and the elastic was already in my stash, but it wasn't very expensive in the first place.
Final thoughts: The best thing about this dress is that since the front and back are the same pattern piece, it's technically reversible! I can flip it around to have the lace in the back if I want to wear a giant gold dangly necklace, or even switch out the gold belt for one of my other ones with a giant obnoxious flower in front. The elastic waist and loose knit make it super comfortable, and I love the slits in the sleeves. This dress is a winner!