Green sweater? Absolutely. Yellow tights? You got it. An orange undershirt? Sure, why not. This is the most versatile dress that I own, and I am absolutely in love with the pattern. Obviously, one could argue that a basic black dress would be just as versatile as this, and you would be right, but since it’s my newest make, I just wanna be able to say that I can wear it with everything! – and I probably will. I can’t wait for winter so that I can make it cold-weather appropriate.
I couldn’t wait until next Monday to get this post up, so here you all go, a nice mid-week, Me-Made blog post.
Recently, I seem to be making my favorite patterns in threes. Now with this dress completed, I can say the same thing about the Monique pattern that I got from Sew Serendipity. This is my third one, and with this version, I think I got any issues that I may have had with it out of the way. Specifically, the fit at the front of the arm. I don’t remember if I disclosed it at the time, it seemed very insignificant, but my last few versions were just a bit snug in this particular area. I even went as far as to trace out another bodice this time around, adding a little more room to move. Right before cutting into the fabric, however, I changed my mind and went with the original cut. This material was not something I wanted to experiment with. What I did do, was pay very good attention to which side of the arm facing I was sewing onto the dress. I marked a big F on the front and a big B on the back. The last two makes, I was pretty sure I had them mixed up, and at the time I didn’t think it would make any difference. I am now going to say it did make a difference, because this time, following all the same directions, it came out fitting perfectly in this area.
I also went ahead and made the dress in the called for order with the exception of the zipper. I did that next to last and only because I did not have the right sized zipper when it was time to put it in. Initially, I was kind of worried about how the waist band would line up by making the full front first, then the full back, and lastly joining the two; but it worked out alright, and I even got the bottom border matched up just fine, which made me so happy!
One more thing I want to show you all about the dress, the middle band. It is more than a plain black strip. It also has little circles all over it, only they are much less standout-ish than the rest. (Another piece from my quilt scraps, and I have a lot of them so I am happy to be putting them to good use.)
What do you think? Is this the worst print ever for a dress? Too busy? Or are you with me in thinking that the busyness of it makes it all the more unique? And because of all the bubbly madness, I am calling this the Effervescent Dress. It’s perfect, right? 🙂