A Cactus Dress? Why Not

I don’t usually follow the theme of, Everyone else is doing it so why don’t I, unless it has to do with a cactus dress, it seems.  I grew up around sage brush and cactus, but never really liked them until I moved away.  I miss the desert sometimes, and I kind of really like cacti now.  Homesickness, or growing older?  Hmm, maybe both.

Dress available here.

My social media channels of choice have been flooded with all prints cactus these days and I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon.  My dressmaking wheels really started rolling when I saw this beauty that Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra wore from Collectif.  I know, I could have probably bought my own, but I like the idea of making my own sometimes a little more.

To be more of a copycat, I should have gone with this one of Gertie’s on the right and made it with top tie straps and a circle skirt.  Instead, I went with my tried and true boutique dress with the thought that I’d list one like it for sale on my Etsy page also.

No worries, I bought lots of cactus fabric so should I decide to, I can make another one more like my inspiration in the near future.  In the meantime, here’s what I made.

I added a little bit more details than usual with this one.  I’d like to one day make this dress using some piping at the waistband, but when I found some red ruffly ribbon, I thought it would do well instead.  I had this red metal zipper that I couldn’t wait to use and it was perfect for it.  I inserted it differently, totally on top, and it’s just the look I was going for.  It’s a completely exposed metal zipper.

And there are pockets, of course.  I don’t think I will ever not put pockets in a dress I make again.

And now I have my very own cactus dress, just like everyone else.

The End.

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