Behold, a cold seamstress! It was -16c/3F when I took these pics… the only other person I saw outside was dressed head-to-toe in winter gear while he walked his dogs! But this post wouldn’t have quite the same impact if I was wearing my ankle-length winter coat, so I took the bare minimum of pics and ran back inside!
(Yes, of course I could have taken pictures inside… but the light is so dim, and editing them to look decent would have taken far longer! I wasn’t uncomfortable outside for 5 minutes, since thankfully there was no wind!)
I had mixed feelings while I sewed this dress. On the one hand, it is simple to the point of boring. On the other, this style is exactly what I reach for day in and day out when I dress for work! I was pretty undecided right until the end… but I’m happy to report that when I put it on for pictures, the colours won me over and I felt good in it!
The dress is a Cashmerette Turner, though I know it looks pretty dang similar to the plaid dress I just made with the Washington bodice. The difference with Turner is that it’s fully lined, so it has a cleanly finished neckline with no band. The Turner skirt has a nice amount of flare, though in this ITY knit the skirt hangs quite straight and has less volume that it did on my striped Turner this fall.
For this dress, I set my heart on copying a square-neckline Turner that the beautiful and talented @naomimolly posted on Instagram a few weeks back. It was stunning on her! But as I tried this dress on mid-construction, I realised a few things. First, to give the neckline the same impact her party dress , I would have to scoop it a good deal lower than was work appropriate. Second, this fabric filled with round flowers didn’t suite a strong square neckline. And finally, I prefer square necklines that angle in towards the shoulders instead of going straight up. More like this Bronte I made years back. I was wearing a neckline like that the night Jamie and I first kissed, so I’ve got a soft spot for it!
Pairing perfectly with this dress is a Julia cardigan that I made before Christmas. It’s made with the same sweater knit as this red long cardigan, which means it suffers the same tendency to cling to itself or whatever is underneath it. The double-layered edging on this cardigan pattern helps with that though, as does wearing it over something slipper like ITY. Fit wise, I probably should have put in even more room for my hips but really, who cares? It fits as well as RTW, and that’s fine for me.
(Oh, and I made new black bamboo leggings, because you can never have enough of those!)
All in all, not the most exciting combo in terms of technique or style, but it’s the epitome of my workwear style for the last 5 years of sewing – I mean, seriously, look at this post from 2012, and you’ll see me wearing three versions of a fit-and-flare dress with leggings and cardigan!
(Can I detour for a moment? In that post from 2012 is a link to the very first dress I ever made and blogged… and I had to laugh at this quote from myself:
“I’m working on round two right now… but here’s my problem! Having done it once, it’s kinda boring the second time around! I keep trying to dream up exciting and new modifications, when really I should just finish the darn thing and experiment with something new. Someone told me once that as an artist, the first time making something is exciting and the second time through is just boring. Do you find that too?”
AHAHAHAHA! I didn’t like sewing patterns more than once? Oh. My. Goodness. Nowadays I make my favourite patterns five, ten, even fifteen time!)
Friends, tell me: What part of your wardrobe hasn’t changed in 5 years or more?