|Moneta on the left, an easy slap-dash patternless dress on the right.|
I made it out of a cotton spandex I bought in Winnipeg a few years back for something like $3/m, and I still have a ton of it left. I originally figured it'd just be for test sewing, but when I was digging through the stash cupboard, it looked and felt a lot better than I remembered. The dress is so comfortable and easy to wear (exactly what I wanted!), and I think the fabric was perfect for it. And POCKETS!
The striped maxi dress above was beyond easy to make, and even with ripping out the elasticized waist once it still only took me about an hour to sew. I basically took a plain black tank top, chopped off the bottom half, and stitched on 1 m length of fabric. I took a page out of Moneta's book and used clear elastic to gather the waistline of the skirt before attaching it to the tank, and didn't even bother hemming the dress since I liked the drape as is and this fabric doesn't roll or fray at all. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but it has gorgeous drape and feels very cool and slick, and I found the knit at my local fabric shop. It's going to be a wonderfully easy dress to wear, I just know it.
|Oh man I am so very white. I'll be so very red when I come back, you just watch.|
And as observed in the comments of my preview post, this top is basically the neon-bright colour of so many fishing lures, so I'm probably going to see some fishy action while snorkling! Hopefully of the "pretty tropical fish" variety and not the "big hungry shark" variety...
The pattern itself is Fehr Trade's Surf to Summit top, and I can't recommend it enough! The pattern is cleverly drafted and the instructions are some of the best I've ever seen. She even goes into details on how to adjust the pattern to fit your body - square shoulders? full bust? width needed at waist? She's got it covered! I actually did my first princess seam fba here, and her instructions made it easy peasy.
I will definitely be making more of these, yes ma'am!
Anyways, I'm basically all ready for our trip, now that my sewing is finished. I'm usually a "one hour before I have to be at the airport? Guess I'll start packing now" type of person. This time though, I was basically packed last night !(3 whole days before we leave). Other than the two dresses I had to hem (Moneta) and sew entirely (slap-dash no-pattern), of course. This is unprecedented, for me!
So, have you ever created a slap-dash pattern that becomes an absolute favourite before? Because I'm pretty sure I'm going to live in that maxi dress...