So, I had plans to make a long sleeved maxi dress for fall. I envisioned cute scarves and boots and the whole Pinterest-pumpkin-spice-latte feel, kind of like this (even though I hate pumpkin flavored everything). I had grand ideas that this would become a fall wardrobe staple.
Previously, I mentioned that I tried out the Fashion Fabrics Club, and ordered a bunch of this green rib knit (which I also used for my first Brasov top). I love the color and texture, even if my machines don’t. (Seriously, this fabric is miserable to sew).
I have a deep love for the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress, and practically live all summer in the few I have. One with sleeves seemed like the absolute perfect fall dress. To add the sleeves, I altered the bodice using my favorite tee pattern, the Agnes tee, laid the pieces on top of the Sunshine bodice, and drew a new armscye. Then I just used the Agnes sleeves. So easy. One thing I will say about the sunshine dress though, is that you have to redraft the crossover bodice a little to wear it sleeveless (as drafted). One bodice shoulder is wider than the other for no apparent reason. But it’s an easy fix. I just matched my two sides and cut off the difference for sleeveless versions.
Generally, on my Sunshines, I shape the skirt a little, rather than leave it a straight rectangle. I find it’s more flattering and results in less gathers/bulk at the waist. Since my machines hated this fabric, I thought I’d remove the gathers entirely. This was a good idea in theory, but probably added significantly to the unintentional fanciness. But I kept trucking away on this dress, so excited. And then, when I put it on after I finished, I literally laughed out loud. I mean, the dress is GORGEOUS, but wardrobe staple it is not. It’s almost absurdly elegant for a $4 per yard rib knit.
Since this fabric is so ridiculously stretchy, the crossover neckband pulls the side seam a little bit. You can see it clearly in this photo, but I don’t really notice it when I’m wearing it.
I thought about shortening the sleeves and skirt, to make it more every day wearable, but I sort of love that I have this crazy wonderful winter evening gown. I have no earthly idea what I’d ever wear it to, but oh man, am I going to find somewhere. The top with sleeves is great though, and now I want some long sleeve tops like this. And maybe a long sleeve dress with some gathers and a shorter skirt, that I can wear with tights in the winter.
Okay, now tell me, have you ever started a garment and had it turn out unexpectedly fancy or surprisingly casual?