Also known as the Polka-dotted, Polka Dot dress – well, that is what I am calling it anyway. (Be warned, I probably went a bit overboard with the dress photos today.)
This was my first mix and match kind of dress. I started it without really having any plan. I wanted to make another one of these: but without a lining. I had some remnants of this black and white stuff that I used for the top in my material stash, and I thought I could use it for a trial run. It would be no biggie if it didn’t work out. It worked out, quite well actually, and so I had to do something with the top of this dress to be, but I didn’t have enough material to make the full skirt that the pattern needed.
I contemplated making my own bottom for it with what was left, but it was gonna involve a possible slit in the side because what I did have was only two rectangles that would not leave much room for leg movement if it was to be a skirt. I don’t have the experience to make a nice looking fitted skirt with a slit, yet. Instead, the bodice hung in the busiest room of the house for weeks just to remind me that I needed to find some fabric to go with it.
Then came a coupon in the mail from Joanne’s and a few days without my better half, thus leaving plenty of time for material shopping. I found some white polka dotted fabric, and I hoped it would make a great skirt for the dress. I think it did.
I love this dress! I love the way the design of the two fabrics ended up together, and I love the fullness. Plus, it has become one of the easiest dresses that I have made. I have been taking my time with my dress making lately, and it has been well worth it. I started noticing that when I get in the sewing mindset of I’ve got to finish this today, I end up with the most mistakes and far too many duh moments from being in such a rush. There is no rush, and I have finally gotten okay with the thought of not having it done in one day.
So the bodice is super easy (without making a lining as well), and inserting the zipper was a breeze. Lining up the bodice and the skirt was the most nearly perfect for me yet, but the thing that took the most time, and made me start to think I would never get it done… hemming the skirt! Just the hem alone may have taken as long as sewing the bodice. There was about 5 yards worth of hem, and I decided to go with bias tape this time. I found it hard to get a good hem the first time I made the dress last July, so I thought I would try something different this time around. Even despite the time, I am happy with the final look.
All I need now is a petticoat, which is something this dress is just screaming out for. I may finally have a reason to buy one.
What do you think?