I am really happy with how this silk dress turned out. It's made from Simplicity 2615. I struggled a bit with the pattern design. Not that the pattern was hard, it's very easy. It's got no closure, I used a narrow elastic piece stretched around the inside to cinch the waist but there is also a sash/ties included in the pattern. I have mixed feelings about dresses that tie in the back. Wearing them makes me feel like an 8 year old and the knot annoys me when I sit. I prefer a belt for sure.
The sleeves are kimono style so there are no sleeves to set in. What I struggled with is the style. It was a bit too modern for me, but I really wanted a simple shape to show off these stripes. I didn't want darts breaking them up. So I made a few changes but I realized it could only go so far away from the original before it went bad and I was fighting to make it something it could never be, so I tried to work with it. I added pleats to bring up the sleeves, added this floppy bow, and cut the dress front a little different. I made it one piece instead of two, to avoid a center seam.
I love the length. I only tacked the bow at the top, so it can easily say hello while I am wearing layers. The shoes, which I mentioned a bit back, are I guess nearly not as granny as I thought, they now have them at Urban Outfitters, so there you go. I will mention that I do love them and am not wearing them in an ironic way, (same goes for dr. scholls.)
- Apron makers, I am accepting your apron for the Paris theme over on Tie One On through this week! The new theme will be up on April 1st. Thanks so much for your submissions already!
- I am currently trying out samples I bought from Strange Invisible, a natural perfume company. It's so hard to find companies that don't use synthetic fragrances, and this one really doesn't. I can't decide on what to get, the 5 samples I have are all amazing. For really simple scents, I want to try blending my own. So far, I have not found the right balance yet and am tryng not to waste a ton of essential oil.