Miss me? We had a very busy end of summer in our house, and I am teacher so September is crazy, but I think the real deal is I need to figure out how blogging fits into everyday life. I have summers off, and every year I think "I'll have so much time for -----", but the reality is I'm a stay at home mom for the summer, and many of you know how much "free time" comes out of that gig.
I made a dress!
I had to promise myself I'd wear dresses more before I made another one. I promise I will! I have to remember that they are comfortable and easy to throw on. I think I always feel dressed up in them, and I do need to be able to sit on the floor at school, but really, I'm getting used to it.
I've also realized that the fitted-on-top-loose-on-bottom look is very good for me. I'm 1-2 sizes smaller in the bust and waist than I am in the hips, so this style works well!
The dress is the Angie dress from Sis Boom. I picked it because it is easy and quick, and I'm up for the almost instant gratification it promised. No zipper, no buttons! The dress just pulls on over your head.
It's a PDF download, and I liked that only the bodice pieces needed to be printed- only 8 pages! Measurements were given for the skirt.
I started with the large (12-14) but that was way too tight so I had to go up to an extra large. Even then I left the back darts unsewn to add more room. The bodice was also very short on me, like baby doll dress height, so I decided to add a band at the waist to bridge the gap between where I was and where I wanted to be (if only it was always that easy!!). For my next dress I am going to lengthen the bodice about an inch and a half.
Construction was very easy. This dress would work well as a first dress for an experienced beginner. The neck and arm holes are finished with bias tape, and it's not lined (but it would be easy to underline).
I wore it to work today and received a ton of compliments. One of my students said I should wear dresses more often, because they look nice on me. I think I should too!
Pattern- Angie Dress by Sis Boom http://www.sisboom.com/store/patterns/angie-dress-pdf-pattern-for-women/
Fabric- some kind of cotton blend from Goodwill
Notions- 1/2 inch single-fold bias tape
Repeatability- high! I already have a chambray one planned!
Audiobook- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (young adult fiction)
PS- I'm linking up at A Train to Crazy! Check it out: