kbenco's mash up of patterns, I decided I wanted to so the same. She had made a couple of very amazing dresses. When it had finally percolated up my to-sew list, I didn't remember it exactly correctly. But I think it was close enough.
It has been well documented here at gMarie of my desire to get a dress with a straight or slim skirt that fits and looks good.
In July, I pulled this knit from Girl Charlie which had a very fall vibe. I set it aside with Vogue 8764 (dress) and Vogue 8634 (top). Sometime last year I attempted to make dress from a woven. It was a huge sack and looked horrible. For some reason I have a vague memory of making the top up with similar results.
This time, when I traced the top, I made sure I did sway back adjustments and took the side seams in just a bit. I overlapped the two different patterns to figure out the best place to put a waist seam and start the skirt.
I finished the dress fairly quickly and then set it aside. For some reason, I just didn't like it on me. I mean it didn't even make it to the bedroom for a chance in the 'magic closet.' It just stayed in the sewing room.
I didn't like it plain. I don't have a cardigan that worked with the colors in the fabric and I thought it needed something. I bought a couple of belts - but they didn't do it for me. Finally - I tried it with the brown belt in these pictures and while I still don't think it's exactly right - it wasn't horrible and I felt cute and stylish all day.
JB likes it better without the belt and honestly, you can't tell from the photos which is better. But you can get a glimpse of the print.
So - for the record, made in July 2013. First wearing November 2013. And I haven't worn it again yet. Will it get worn again? Quite possibly, I do like this dress and it still feels very 'new'. I haven't done much sewing in the last couple of weeks. Well, that's not completely true - I've sewn, just not for me. 4 pairs of new PJ pants for Christmas gifts, 2 long fleece skirts to up the lounge wear of the girl children and one knee length flannel penguin skirt - just because I could.
Up next: Hopefully, sewing for me.