Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The St Patty's Dress: Sew Weekly Green Challenge

 The Sew Weekly Challenge this week called for a green outfit, of course!  And in honor of St Patty's, I whipped out this pattern that I have had in the stash for quite a while. 

I did not think too clearly when choosing the pattern, or else this thought would have occurred: "Meg, it's a wrap dress.  You are going to need an obscene amount of fabric, especially since it is a one-directional pattern."  Of course, this thought did not really cross my mind until it came to the point of cutting out the skirt pieces.  In order to make everything fit, I took three inches off the hem and took in the side seams by 2 inches each.  That was a first for me!  I kept hoping that the dress would actually be wearable considering how crazy my cutting got.

I think I was really really lucky that it turned out the way it did!  I was a bit amazed how much volume the skirt still has even though I took so much off before cutting.  I cannot even begin to imagine the madness that would have ensued with all of that fabric - lots and lots of twirling at the office, I'm sure!

I took a cue from my Colette Crepe dress and made the sash in a contrasting color.  The pink matches the lovely roses in the fabric and I am so happy when things turn out like that.  I am loving the big bow in the back...

The reason I chose this particular pattern was the sleeves.  I love the way they are portrayed on the pattern cover and I thought they would be incredibly romantic in this fabric.

I added a little something for modesty when I wear this to work.  The pink frothy lace peeking out is actually a tube top made from a vintage slip.  Now, I know one should never alter vintage slips, but it was my grandmother's and I could not wear it around my hips and I was not about to get rid of it.  So I decided to flip it around and give it a second life under some lower cut outfits.  I love the lace detailing!  This slip wasn't in the best shape when I got it, but after piecing it all back together and putting it through the sewing machine, I'm rather pleased with the results.

I hope all of you lovelies have a fabulous and safe St. Pat's!


  1. Love this dress! The color combo is fantastic and the sash is fab too! Happy St. Patty's Day!!!

  2. Your dress making is inspiring! I want to start making and wearing more dresses but I was wondering if you have any suggestions on a dress pattern that you feel flatters all figures and is easy to understand. Sometimes I get so frustrated with patterns that pretty much say "just sew it already!" that it prevents me from sewing clothing.

  3. This fabric is really pretty and I just love the dress design! Also, whenever I see you posing in this particular spot I always think 2 people are looking through a window at you hehe! Then I say, oh wait, it's just a photo :)

  4. Such a cute dress! Awesome job, lady!

  5. I love this dress! The fabric is gorgeous and I love the complimenting sash. Great job!