Random fact - Hancock Fabrics had an Earth Day sale. I had no idea until I rolled up early Thursday morning but it was a nice surprise. I was there to pick up ONLY pink seersucker to make a dress for my stepmom's principal? vice-principal? someone important at her school...but then I got sucked in to the prices. Surprise surprise.
I had this pattern sitting at the house begging for me to make it and I finally decided to go for it Thursday afternoon - rushing to get it done so I would have something to wear to class that evening. (like my closet is empty - silly girl)
I chose a grey tiny pinstripe cotton (my newfound favorite color for some reason) and navy for the contrast hem and cuff (another surprise I know). I thought the combo would be effortlessly casual but still "nice" enough to feel pretty. And, I was right. I don't want to take this dress off. I wore it to class last night and all day today when I had running around to do. And I felt great.
The pattern itself is remarkably easy to understand. Usually I don't understand the directions exactly, and maybe I still don't and end up making them up myself, but I had NO problems sewing this at all. The best part - only side seams on the bodice, you don't have to deal with turning under the armholes, which is always a pain for me. So that was awesome!
I added top stitching at the neck to help the facing stay put and also at the cuff just because I wanted to. OH!! Did I mention that it has POCKETS!! And they were easy to sew in?!!!! LOVE!!!
Feel free to ignore all the wrinkles - I forgot to take a picture when it was all fresh and clean - I've been wearing it ALL day... I had made a tie to go around the waist to cinch in a bit more, it's a little loose on top and through the waist, but I hand tacked it quickly last night and it came undone. I'm not sure if I actually need it though - I liked that I don't look as wide with it but I do feel a bit like a little girl with it on. Hmm...I'll decide later.
So - there you have - a cutesy dress that's super easy to wear for less than $10. Now go sew something fun!! :)