I know this dress looks like Mad Men meets Little House on the Prairie, but rest assured – it’s only a muslin. That means it’s a test fit for the non-sewing crowd. I know you can’t see the details in this super busy print, but there are front and back darts and a waist seam. Not much crazy sewing to this dress, but it’s a simple sheath dress. I don’t have one in my wardrobe so I thought I’d dig in the stash and make one.
In fact, using stash was my self imposed “rule” so the pattern is from one of my old issues of Burda Style magazine, the fabric I’ll use for the “real” dress is a black wool blend that’s been aging patiently and the lining will be stash too, so don’t expect that to match. Fingers crossed I have a black zipper in the zipper box
The fit was pretty good with this pattern, just a bit too big. I’ve pinned out the extra at the sides and will take out a smidge at the back waist to get rid of the back ripply top bit (the red thing is my sports bra peeking out where I couldn’t reach the pinning). That should do it. Easy “alterations” and my serger is still threaded with black thread from the “skirt who will not be named project from heck” that was trashed.
Let me anticipate some questions: I don’t know why I bought this cotton material – it’s a bit fugly ain’t it? It makes a nice muslin though, so kudos there. No, I have no need for a new dress as I don’t wear the ones I currently own, but why not since all the materials are to hand. And finally, yes I think it’s weird that Prince William gave Waity Katie his mother’s engagement ring AS an engagement ring. Bad juju on that one. Anything else for the oracle?