This dress came out of nowhere! Honestly, I stumbled across the pattern on sale and then turned around and bought some green spandex knit jersey. It wasn’t on my list of things to make at all. 3 hours later I had a dress I am madly in love with. I have had it for 2 weeks and have worn it 3 times.
Oh yeah, and when I put this bolt of fabric on the counter to be cut I said something like, “I just love that color!” The lady cutting it replied, “Well, I hate it. I think green is hideous.” Hahaha! What do you even say to that? I love it when things like that happen. You know what’s great about sewing is that it has boosted my self-confidence enough that I didn’t care that she thought I was making something hideous. Who cares? Not me!
I am usually a 22-24 in RTW dresses. I cut an XXL but I could really go down to an XL. This is very roomy and it is supposed to be. I made only 2 alterations. First I added 2 inches to the length of the dress. It is supposed to be a pretty short dress, but I don’t think my change in length hurt it. I didn’t alter the draping at all. Next I added sleeves. I just followed these sleeve instructions on Kyla Hislop’s blog.
The sleeves turned out pretty great! I finished the sleeves and the bottom hem with a twin needle. Easy!
The front and back piece are exactly the same. It wouldn’t be difficult to add a v neck or a scoop neck if you wanted to. I added one of my Dutch Label tags so I could quickly tell the back from the front. A lot of times I forget to add the label until it is too late!
And here it is! In all it’s drapey, cool glory! I forgot to mention, this dress makes me feel like a cool kid.
Oh, and you know what else I love? No Spanx! I like that I can just throw this on and go! I am not pulling up a foundation garment all the time.
I highly recommend this dress! Even adding sleeves, I finished this in 3 hours. I just bought some black spandex knit and I will be making another one immediately!