Dress #1 – Modified Shift Dress!
Ahh, the Summer of No Pants! My favorite time of year for silly poses. Milo said this one was the best. Well, actually, that’s not 100% true…
He thought this one was the best. But since it didn’t show off the dress at all, I went with his second choice.
Okay, back to the dress! I used a pattern for a super simple shift dress (View A) from the book Stylish Dress Book, which was originally printed in Japanese, but was remade for Western audiences and figures. Don’t let those Asian eyes of mine fool you, folks. My mother was a teeny, tiny Filipina lady, but half of my genes are thick, hardy Wisconsin genes. Built for long winters and farm babies, with ample room in the hips and buttocks!
So when I got the book, I was pretty discouraged by pictures like this:
She looks like a sad Edward Gorey character in a potato sack. In one of the pictures she is holding a lamp. But the book had 5-star reviews, and when I searched for projects made from it, I loved a lot of what I saw. So I decided to bite the bullet and make this dress. And?! It made me look like a sad Edward Gorey character in a potato sack. Not really. I mean, it actually would have made a super, super cute dress if I was 32 weeks pregnant and it was 1955. But the color was so pretty, and I liked the gathered neckline with the thin chocolate trim that I decided to try to save it.
So, I slashed away some of the extra fabric bagging out the sides and added darts to the front and back, and it looked better, but still not like one of those cute, barely-body-hugging shift dresses that I had envisioned. I made a sash and tied a little bow in the back, and that finally gave it some form.
The bow looks cute around the front, too, but that makes it feel more like a special occasion dress, and maybe too cutesy for me. I also have a thin, brown leather belt with gold studs that makes it feel a bit more casual. I think a jean jacket or cropped cardigan on top could make this into something I could wear for everyday. Ultimately I think I ended up with a cute, versatile little number. And it’s pretty comfy, although a little stiff. I hope that after a few washes it softens up and drapes a bit less stiffly.
I’ll leave you with Milo’ third favorite pic:
I think it makes me look like I’m doing the pee pee dance, but he says it’s awesome. What do I know?