25 Feb 2013
I made this dress! I am so happy I finally finished it, since I believe I started it in August. It was a cinch to put together, too. It’s just a little over a yard of soft jersey fabric, stitched down the side, with a v-neck in the front and back. I still have a lot to learn as far as sewing goes, but I can say without hesitation that this is a dress I will definitely wear all summer long.
At first I had intended to use the fabric for a skirt, but I realized what I had was just about enough for a dress. I used Sweet Verbena’s awesome tutorial as a jumping-off point for my dress, but mine is a bit different, since I didn’t have much fabric to work with. I was drawn to that gumby green like a moth to a flame, and I bought all that was left! (I find this highly ironic because this was my high school’s color, and I had to swathe myself in it for graduation and I was so not a fan.) Initially I stitched all the way up the side, and then tried it on. As you can imagine, I was walking like a penguin! It never ceases to amaze me the things I don’t think of while sewing! I ripped that seam out and put a finished edge on this side slit. Much better.
The sleeves are formed entirely by the slit in the center of the fabric, which open up to become the v-neck. As the v widens, the sleeves are pushed further out onto the arms. Most effortless sleeves ever! That Sweet Verbena is a genius.
I bought these earrings after Christmas because my inner magpie could not resist their shininess. It seems that everything with glitter goes on clearance after the holidays, and I’m all for that, but I also plan to keep wearing it all year long. Why not make every day a holiday?
My library book! Seven Days in the Art World is the latest pick for the C & E Book Club.