I wore her to a dinner just the other evening. I was aiming for casual, dramatic, and feminine- all at once. The initial inspiration came from 1950′s full-skirted halter dresses, but I think the final dress has the tang of a vampy flapper.
As a rule, I don’t often show my knees. Or my shoulders. Or my décolletage.
Or my back. This dress is “terra incognita” for me.
Yet I’m in love. This may be my favorite dress ever, after Wholesome.
For the dinner I wore my hair in my beloved reverse Victory Roll but we were too rushed that night for photos. Last week I got a loose perm because my hair won’t hold pincurls- ever- and something had to be done in the hair department. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with relaxed fingerwaves and reveling in the Return of the Reverse Victory Roll.
I used my overlocker/serger to make a rolled hem on the skirt. It’s clean and strong and light and quick. The skirt is cut from the same octagonal-circle pattern I used for the Hemp Snowflake skirt. I was chatting with a friend as I cut the skirt, and cut the waist waaaay too big.
I want to make several of these over the summer. I left a little ease through the waist so it won’t stick in hot weather, it’s as cool as a cucumber to wear.
Check out the drafting notes for the bodice, if that’s what you’re into.
Tomorrow: Waists and How to Measure Them
Note: I’m sorry the T-Shirt pattern is taking a little while to put up. I have the drafts and I’m happy with them, but learning to use Gimp is a little tricky. I hope I spent enough time with it these past few days, maybe if I give it a short break and come back to the problem I’ll see the solution immediately. I’m still interested in fitting issues and proportions, feel free to add your voice to the thread.