I love this dress so much I finished the hem last night, photographed it this morning before school (how did I manage to find the time??!) and wore it today. I received many compliments, which always feels nice. And now I’m blogging about this dress even though it will mess up the order of items to blog – you know blogging in the same order that you finish. I know I’m not the only one.
I purchased this poly knit fabric from Spotty a few months ago. Like my previous Spotty fabric dress, I purchased this even though I was on a stash diet. I guess it’s pretty clear that I’m not terribly good at diets of any kind. I think the range of poly knits at Spotty is getting better. Mel made a Mabel dress in a different print that I’ve contemplated getting before too.
I really wanted this to be a work friendly dress and not too dressy. The print is also kinda wild and bright, so I was very mindful of not over working the design.
As I didn’t have a pattern in my stash that suited my vision, I mashed a little of Vogue 1351 with a little
guesstimating… free cutting…. pattern drafting to make this dress.
The skirt and bodice back are from Vogue 1351. The front is drafted by me 🙂 and the tie is just a strip of fabric cut from selvage to selvage sewn into the seam along the back.
The higher, fitted neckline ensures this dress is super work friendly. No gaping issues if I lean forward, which has been my issue with Vogue 1351. The skirt has a perfect amount of swish and the tie gives a little waist definition without a formal belt. As this fabric can be a little clingy and because I wanted a clean finish around the bodice, I fully self lined the dress. This prevents any VPL and make the dress very smooth and silky to wear.
To keep the dress casual, I cut the bodice lining a little shorter to create a slight blousing effect on the outer bodice. It ended up being more subtle than I intended, but I like it all the same.
I’m totally in love with this dress. I don’t have any other suitable knits in my stash right now, but I’m pretty sure there will be a repeat of this in the future.