Pop Pop Dress
Let it be known that I successfully constructed a wearable (and quite comfortable) dress! From the day I completed this Pop Pop(red on cream) design I was determined to create a dress out of it. I'm not going to lie, I was quite nervous about this project and there were a couple afternoons where the fear of possibly messing it up drove me away from my sewing machine to procrastinate somewhere else in the house. Luckily, with some encouragement from friends and family I finally finished it! Before this the only legitimate dressmaking I've ever done (meaning not adding triangle inserts to my jeans when bell bottoms were cool again for five minutes in 1998) was a simple gray skirt I whipped together one afternoon about a month ago. The zipper was a struggle and the fabric I chose frayed like crazy so the end result was wearable, but not very flattering. This dress project, despite my worry, was fairly painless and was executed quite quickly once I had the courage. I used the Butterick 5211 pattern to guide me through this particular dressmaking adventure. I couldn't be happier with the result. My first reaction upon seeing my reflection in the dress was "Oh! I could totally see Joanie from Mad Men wear this!"
I think this will definitely be a pattern I will use again, or at least something similar. The cut is quite flattering and it's something I can dress up or down. Plus it has pockets! It ends right at my knees (maybe if I ever get a full length mirror or hire a photographer I could share some better photos) and for someone who is six feet tall, that is amazing! I struggle a lot with finding dresses that I actually like and will actually cover my butt. Maybe this custom dressmaking for myself is the answer too all my prayers? We will see. I have big dreams of owning an entire handmade wardrobe but it will definitely take a lot more time, practice, and experience.