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!