This dress started with a bra. My new handmade bra, in fact – it comes up so high and has such narrow-set straps that I can’t wear it under most of my me-mades. What’s a girl to do? Make more clothes, of course!
My starting point was this Old Navy kids dress that I’d pinned a while ago – yes, I officially hang out with kids so much that I want to copy their style. Hazard of teaching perhaps, or maybe kids clothes are just cooler than they used to be! 😉 I like the crew neckline, drapey pockets, high-low hem and loose style – but of course, I wanted mine to be a knit.
I pulled out my trusty Mission Maxi pattern – seriously, everyone needs a good tank/maxi pattern! Jalie has a really similar one, and there are lots of Big 4 versions… I have used this pattern for tank tops, pjs, short dresses, as a skirt with other bodices, and out course, for maxis! I even got Leila of Three Dresses hooked on the Mission Maxi when she came up to visit.
The neckline is cut freehand higher, the straps are moved in an inch, and the sides are slightly more a-line (I meant to make it more swingy, but it turns out that if you only add volume at the sides, rayon jersey just drapes and makes it disappear. I guess next time I should properly slash and spread for more volume all around!)
The pockets are just trapezoids (British people, is it true you call them trapeziums? Everytime I teach 2-d shapes I come across that word in British resources online!) I didn’t have a plan for how I was going to put them on, so I ended up coverstitching them onto the front and opening up the side after sewing so they could be caught in the seam. The top of the pocket is the selvedge – lazy AND better for drape than a turned hem would have been!
There were moments during sewing that I thought this dress was a bad idea, but I really like the finished product! There’s something about big pockets that is just fun to wear. I haven’t worn a high neckline like this in ages, but I think it works to exaggerate the a-line shape!
In other news:
- Look! I kept plants alive for a month! By leaving them outside and forgetting about them, yes, but it’s still an accomplishment for me!
- I keep chopping away at my hair, and I’m liking it more and more! I caved and got thinning scissors last week, because really, if I’m going to admit that I cut my own hair after each haircut, I should stop doing it with nail scissors. Thanks to all of you who admitted you don’t love your hair right after a haircut either!
- It’s been pretty hot the last week, and I’m obsessed with always having ice tea in the fridge. Just straight up cold tea – nothing fancy or sweet! Right now I’m working on mint and lime mojito tea, and next I think I’ll do chamomile or black tea… anyone have suggestions for tea that is great cold?
Next up is even more explorations into swingy, voluminous tops. Summer just seems like the right time to experiment, doesn’t it?