I think the slight glimmer of sun in the English sky has prompted in me the need for summer clothing.
It started with seeing a few tie back items pop up whilst shopping and nosing through Instagram. Then the idea of a dress started to form in my mind. I have been stalking Motel rocks for inspo for a while now,I made my cross dress with them in mind; they really know how to do a good 90’s style dress and are pattern fabric experts. Check them out, you will not be disappointed.
I also took sleeve inspo from Urban outfitters (see below) I will also be trying to imitate the shape of that dress in future sews!
The fabric that spurned on this dress I picked up as a random splurge in my cheap shop in Watney market. It was a bit dearer than the £1.10/£1.50 rolls, i think it was £2,75 per metre, which is still extremely cheap. As it was a spur of the moment with no plans, I only got a couple of metres… for a dress with a repeating pattern of this size, it was a bit of a squeeze. But with a bit of a juggle I managed it…
So How Did it Sew?
I actually drafted up a pattern for this AND made a Toille (just of the tie back bodice and arm to see if it works) The Bodice was once a Moneta from Colette patterns, but has been traced and adjusted so much its barely a memory of it. This really helped in positioning the tie to cover the Bra strap for summer.
Completed: 2nd March 2017
Only having two metres meant I had to do a bit of manoeuvring because the sleeves with the tie attached as one piece were so large, I ended up cutting them separate then attaching them after. It didn’t effect the final pattern as its not noticeable when tied.
As you can see from the photo, the pattern goes in different directions, but I don’t think this had really affected the overall piece. This was a pretty simply make but OH MY GOODNESS the hemming…. everything needed hemming! the ties, neck skirt… doesn’t sound like a lot but it really felt obscene. I ran it through the over locker, then folded the hem and sewed. Under the bottom tie is a zip to get in and out of with ease… I keep the top one done up, and just struggle to tie the one on the zip…. once its undone the top can be a bit unruly!
I can’t wait to wear this dress in the summer, its so light and is the right length for me and it’s not just another skater dress, it has a bit of something else.