Happy birthday to me! I’m turning 34 today, and so of course, I had to make a new dress!
Behold, a sleeveless maxi Cashmerette Appleton!
My previous two Appletons (1, 2) have been very work-appropriate… but I’m trying to build a sassier, sexier wardrobe for outside work hours. After all, I’m 34 and never going to get younger, so I might as well flaunt whatever I’ve got for as long as I’ve got it, right?
Here are the alterations I made:
- cut same size bodice I’d used before
- made skirt slightly more a-line, and continued the line of the skirt down and out to maxi length
- cut both sides of the front at the wider width, instead of one being narrower… I figured the extra overlap would help with a longer skirt, but in the end, a little more leg showing as I walk/sit would probably have been more fun!
- cut the armscye according to the original pattern, then trimmed the shoulders back – see below!
Top: This is the pattern’s original armscye. I actually think it would be good as-is if you like more bra strap coverage. Bottom: I decided I like it with more of a cut-away shoulder, so I trimmed back about an inch. I left a bit more width in the back because I hate when bra straps show there!
To finish the armscye, I did slightly looser than normal band, then folded it to the inside and topstitched. I think this gives a cleaner and more elegant feel than exposed bands!
I’ve been eyeing tropical prints all spring, so I snapped up this ITY print when I saw it a few weeks ago. ITY is a polyester knit, so it wouldn’t normally be my first choice for a summer dress, but it does work well with this pattern. It’s stretchy, but doesn’t stretch out of shape! It has a lot more purple than shows up in these photos – all the green from my garden made the whole dress look a little more green.
My birthday celebrations started yesterday with some fabric shopping, Indian food, and a poem/mix cd from my husband… today I’m going to be spending my actual birthday celebrating Father’s Day and the return of my Dad from his long hike! It took them 42 days to do the 890km, and they finished on Thursday. He blogged the whole way through (including when his solo hike became a partner hike!) and it’s fascinating, so take a look through if you are interested!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
ps. I’m so happy people are excited about sewing dares! I’m trying to work through all the requests, but it’s take a long time to figure out the right dare for each person. Bear with me! And don’t forget, you can jump in and dare each other – thank you to the people who are already passing our dares!