Readers, we have moved into our new (rental) house! It’s everything we hoped – quiet, restful, beautiful and in good shape! And boy oh boy, it is so much easier to take blog pics when I’ve got a few locations to use at home!
Up first, a Concord dress I sewed before moving!
I had to go to a conference in early May, and even in the midst of packing, I got the sudden “need” to sew a new dress for the event! New clothes always make me feel better when I’m worried about going somewhere. Gotta dress for success, or in my case, confidence!
I followed Jenny’s tutorial for lengthening the tunic-length top into a dress. She suggested adding ease or sizing up – I took that a bit far, because it ended up huge, and I had to rip the whole thing apart to narrow it from the shoulders down. The hem is finished with a facing. I don’t love sewing hem facings, because I think they can easily shift, twist or go wrong, but I do enjoy the finished look!
The fabric is a near-florescent polyester double knit with a flower-and-dot texture. The lady cutting it for me at Fabricland teased me about how crazy the fabric is, but I’m glad I bought it. I’ve been realising lately that some of my favourite garments are made from bat-shit crazy fabric that other people might find over the top… but I never ever regret buying those prints!
That said, I did whip up a little jersey circle scarf to, um, ground the look (floral grounded in neon? That’s a thing, right?) With a high neck and a busy print, I didn’t think just a necklace would cut it. The quest continues for just the right legging colour though – I think something lighter might match better? What do you think?
It’s now too hot to wear a polyester double knit dress, so it’s been packed away until fall. I’m happy to report that the twirly, ruffled Concord dress I made back in Winter continues to be a winner – one of my favourite makes of the year so far! Maybe I need to make a summer version? I do so love a basic pattern that keeps on giving.