Wardrobe Redress: Making a pretty party dress
While I like to dress semi-nice, my semi nice is pretty casual. One of the things I love about being self employed is that I can switch it up from jeans and a t-shirt to a skirt and a silk blouse. Nowhere in this mix is there a fancy frock that looks good enough to stand next to Jason in a tux. No, we aren’t getting married (our date is for next fall), but one of Jason’s close friends is, which means I will be standing next to him in a tux.
What to wear?
I went shopping last weekend and found a few dresses that were “meh.” There was a cute shirt dress from Express that made me look like a sausage. Then there was the cute semi-vintage looking dress from Yonkers that made me look like a turtle.
Jason was like “why don’t you wear that dress you made?” Well, because…crap…it doesn’t fit any more. Plus I wore it to Jason’s friend’s wedding that was last summer and it’s the same group of friends. While I’m not crazy fashion conscious–I would say I’m pretty fashion unconscious–I want a new, fancy pants dress, dang it.
The allure of handmade and its perfect fitting ways makes store bought dresses sub-par (without spending a few hundred bucks). I decided to take a look in my fabric stash and I found just the fabric. I love this stuff, but up until now I haven’t had a use for it.
Then I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some supplies for the book I’m writing. Their Simplicity patterns were 99 cents! I instantly fell in love with this dress:
I was thinking about the boat neck collar (I have really wide shoulders for being short and it helps my neck look a little longer), sleeveless, and a sash kind of tie made from a cream satin.
I have about a month and a half to get this dress finished up, which is plenty of time. I’ll be posting progress shots along the way. I think this will be the fanciest dress I’ve made thus far. I’m pretty excited about it.
Have you ever tried to make your own dress? How did it turn out?