This dress is proof that I’ll buy ANY rayon printed jersey I can get my hands on. I mean, this print is strange – lemon yellow, purple, black, red, green, turquoise, digital flowers, polkadots, AND stripes??? But it still came home with me, because the base fabric is a lovely spongy mid-weight jersey blend.
After I altered my Oonapalooza Saltspring to make it more wearable, I wanted to make another version. I had this vision of cutting the bodice and skirt on the diagonal – and low and behold, it actually worked! I had enough fabric and my pieces were cut in the right directions. Phew!
Bonus: Look how well the red lines up at the front waist. Did not plan that, but let’s pretend I did.
Truthfully, I find the whole thing pleasingly 80’s – which is the most terrifying statement I’ve ever typed. What is wrong with me?
Saltspring isn’t made for knits, but it works well anyway. I used knit stay tape along the top edge of the inner bodice, and the strap tubes are reinforced with stay tape as well. The waist has FOE (fold-over elastic) serged to the seam. Next time I’ll shorten the outer bodice for a little less blousiness, and bring the back straps a little closer together.
Now, shall I tell you the truth about these pictures? I’d gathered my courage to go take pictures in the local park, but I arrived, resisted the urge to hide from dog-walkers and children, and set up my camera… only to find the battery was low and it wouldn’t take any pictures! @*#%! I came home for my extra battery and decided to just take pictures in my neighbouring building’s parking lot instead.
The whole time, I’m sniffing all my stuff because SOMETHING SMELLS LIKE CAT PEE!!!!! What is it? I’m sniffing everything like a madwoman. A madwoman taking pictures of herself, who smells of cat pee. And finally, I realise…
…My hat has a big yellow stain on it. FRAAAAAANK!
And then I continued to wear the hat for photos, because hat head. Thank goodness there is no smello-blogging!
And that’s that! I quite like the finished dress even thought the colours are not the most flattering… but it’s going to be great on hot days. I sewed it up a little too early for Heather’s Summer Sundress Sewalong – now I”ll just have to make another sundress! Are you joining in?
Oh, and don’t forget – Sewing Dares end at the end of June, and Lingerie month starts at the Sewcialist blog on July 1st! So many great reasons to sew!