So, I came back home tonight from a delicious moment with Karen and Trena, and I realized I just wasn’t up to working right after this. I just couldn’t shut down in my mind the lovely conversation that we’d just had, and wanted to complete the moment with a little bit of sewing. Besides, I just thought, you know, that I might be much more efficient tomorrow in a cute new dress 😉
So, here is my little Squiggly Dress – Simplicity 3744, from a navy cotton embroidered with white squiggles.
The dress went together like a charm, especially as this nifty little pattern is designed for B, C, and D cups. This means that instead of fiddling with the pattern pieces, cutting a 6 in the back, a 10 in the front and tapering the 10 to a 6 at the waist, I was able to cut a 6 all around with a C cup, and it fit straight on. It could do with a little tapering at the waist, but I also think it’s cute as it is.
I used – gasp – a tapestry needle and white perlé to “embroider” the neckline, princess seams, and hem, with a running stitch.
I lowered the neckline from a couple of centimeters, to make the dress less strict. I like the look of a widish neckline on a shift dress.
I ditched the pockets, alas, because the pouch on the stomach seemed… an unnecessary extra, shall we say? The ironic thing is, I chose this pattern because of its pockets; but I hadn’t realized these were on the stomach, not at the side. I mean, hello? Who would want a bulging shift dress? The beauty of a shift dress, to me, is in its fluid lines.
As I was making progress yesterday, I really wasn’t sure I liked the dress, until I did the running stitches and decided that it was cute after all. What do you all think? Honestly?
One big, nagging question though: is it too short? I would really appreciate your advice here.
You see, friends, I’m not used to wearing such short dresses, and have therefore a hard time deciding if it remains classy and acceptable as it is. Why did I make it shorter than usual? Well, I won’t be able to wear heels before months (my left foot needs operating on, which is nothing serious or urgent, but requires me to wear comfortable shoes all the time, or it becomes painful). I decided to make the dress slightly shorter than usual to help elongate the figure a little since I am so short, and because I thought the dress might be a little too severe if it were longer AND I wore it with flats.
What do you guys think? The hem is 6 cm deep (more than 2 inches) right now, so it can easily be altered.
I have almost decided to let the hem down a bit, because I might not feel comfortable otherwise (especially as I’m thinking of wearing it to my conference on Friday), but I would be grateful to hear your views ladies 🙂
(sorry the pictures are taken with the flash on – they also needed a bit of lightening up -, but it’s 10 pm and I knew that it could take me weeks to blog about this if it wasn’t done in the spur of the moment. 😉 )