Good afternoon, blog readers and dress fans alike! How is everyone doing today? I couldn’t be better, I have a new dress to tell you all about today. It has been way too long since I have had something up here resembling an outfit post, and I have to say, I felt my blog was missing out. That is all about to change because here is the newest to my ever-growing me-made dress collection, the Springtime in Paris dress.
If you are a regular reader here, you might be asking yourself, “What happened to those other three creations that you so wordily planned out a couple of weeks ago?”
Well, I found new fabric while making an unscheduled, out of town Wal-Mart trip a couple of Sundays ago, and couldn’t wait to turn it into something beautiful. I just needed coffee creamer that day, and since it wasn’t my regular Wal-Mart, I thought to take a detour through the fabric section. I saw this material and snatched it up right away. I was even prepared to wait as long as needed for someone to show up and cut it. (They never show up to cut material in a timely manner!) I was very surprised by the quality. It has some thickness to it, so even a white slip would be sufficient to wear underneath. It was part of what seemed like a new collection that the store had recently stocked, and all of it seemed like sturdy cotton material. I had to refrain from buying a little from each bolt. Wal-Mart, it has been awhile since you have made me a happy shopper.
I went with my Marilyn pattern and used the bodice material that I had planned for one of my other spring makes. I should still have enough for that one when I get to it. The red band was leftover from my black, white, and red quilt stash. I didn’t add the side skirt panels because the way they were to be cut on the grain was not going to leave me enough bottom width, so I pulled out the skirt portion from my Monique dress pattern and used it instead. By doing this, I have just about a yard left of the material for something else. I am thinking maybe a fabric wallet or lined tote bag would work for the leftovers.
This particular pattern doesn’t take me long to make at all. I cut it out Saturday night. Made the bodice Sunday evening, and finished the rest Monday morning. I ironed it at my friends house because she has a nicer iron than I do. I finally realized, it’s not a lack of ironing skills that I have, just a cheap iron that won’t get hot enough to press my material well enough. I have since added an iron to my shopping list.
In the future, I am gonna retrace this pattern out in a smaller size. I meant to do it the time before last, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I don’t know, but tracing patterns might just be as tedious to me as grading papers.
That’s all I have to say about this one. But on the subject of making dresses, it is almost Me Made May, guys. I have been thinking about how many me mades I want to say I will wear this time around. My only concern is that I will undoubtedly wear the same things that I have in years past. But, I do have a lot of dresses that haven’t been worn for it… More about that to come. For now, have a great weekend everyone!
Details: Pattern – Sew Serendipity, Marilyn || Paris themed fabric from Walmart, Waverly brand