Friday, January 04, 2013
That bright purple dress (Dress #12 // Mari)
About half a year ago, my coworker found me at lunch and said, "You have to go to the Crate and Barrel Outlet Store in Berkeley, they've got walls of Marimekko fabric marked 75% off." Hello, I was there. I'm not sure what it is about me that is drawn to prints that are clearly not intended for apparel and try to make them into clothing, and clothing I might try to sneak into a work wardrobe, no less.
(I mean, I could conceivably wear this outfit to work, right? Maybe?)
Self-piping. I really like that detail on a dress with a simple silhouette.
Dress #12 // Mari
Pattern: Sorbetto with those little cap/kimono sleeves like my Danburry, eliminated front pleat, extended to skirt length. Might need to take it out by an inch at the hips if I ever make another SorDressto.
Fabric: 2 yards of satin-finished cotton, Marimekko for Crate and Barrel, plus grey Bemberg lining so that it won't stick to tights.
I was paying enough attention to not have bursts of leaves emanating from, well, the girls, but forgot entirely about the potential for "Garden of Eden" jokes. That bright pink leaf you see at my bellybutton? It is extremely serendipitous that it does not fall 6" lower. Personally, I wish I had scooted the print horizontally about 6" so that it is a bit better distributed (and that bright pink bellybutton leaf was offset), but it'll do.
The greatest thing I got from this dress is the power of slapdash. A recovering perfectionist, I went really slapdash on this one ... which for me means I did things like sew without pinning. Gasp. I know, I know. I'm expecting you to fall down at that revelation, too. Things like - I set the back darts too wide - I thought about ripping out and fixing them, and then decided - "HONEY. It is a bright purple striped dresss with enormous leaves on it. How often you think you're wearin' this thing anyways?" That's right, I left the wonkiness in. For a recovering perfectionist, that's saying a lot.
But slapdash goes a lot faster, and without too much appreciable impact on the quality of the finished product. So, I think my sewing resolution for 2013 is to embrace the slapdash.