|I love his sandals and socks - like a little vintage boy.|
So I cut a dress on the fabric width, instead of length, and sewed on a few inches to make the dress long enough. The vision I had in mind was a simple, almost elegant dress, that could be dressed up or down. However, the panel did not lay right with the dress (I knew it was going to be a challenge), so I squeezed out a few more inches of the scraps and turned the bottom panel into a ruffle. Sure, it's cute, but it's not my original vision and I'm still disappointed.
My favorite detail of the dress is the button. I could only easily get a 22" zipper instead of the 24" zipper that the pattern specified, so I kept the extra 2" and turned it into a keyhole and put in a tiny elastic loop and a sweet vintage button.
The dress can be worn unbelted because it doesn't have belt loops, but I much prefer the waist definition from a belt. Rebecca gave me the idea to use nice ribbon, but then I couldn't decide between two in my stash, so I sewed them together! A reversible belt on D-rings. My husband also helped me drill holes in some other belt options (fuschia! mustard! red!), because most of the time, my belted waistlines are not at my true waist, so my belts were too big.
But I think this dress will be a real workhorse in my wardrobe. I wore it Sunday like a summer dress, and put tights and a cardi with it Monday to the office.
|Thanks to my husband for most of the photos on this post.|