At last, a change from pyjamas. I made this dress to wear to a casual Christmas party on Saturday. Unfortunately, I did not wear it to the party, as I took the girls to see a matinee performance of the Queensland Ballet's Sleeping Beauty in Brisbane (fabulous by the way), and the traffic was so horrendous that we arrived back in town 1 and 1/2 hours after the party had started, so went straight there in our going-to-the-ballet clothes.
The dress is another version of New Look 6630, the pattern I used for the Japanese Print dress. For this version I have again lengthened the short dress, and this time changed the neckline to a deep scoop, front and back.
I used purple piping, as my first idea - white piping, looked like a cliche to me. Despite this attempt at avoidance, DD the second tells me this is a candy cane dress, but that she means this as a compliment. Hmmm.
I have used a bigger button tab this time, purely so that I do not have to fiddle with the feed dogs in order to machine embroider the tab.
Materials: Outer fabric, 1.5m cotton/linen blend from Knit and Stitch (2008)$22.50
Lining: 1.5m polycotton plaid, Jo Anne's (1996) $3
Piping - mostly included in Japanese print dress, free
Pattern - previously used, free
Thread - $3
The inspiration for this dress was unusual for me - it was these totally frivolous and impractical shoes.($19- shop closing sale, very sad for the shop, but I did well)
I am unlikely to wear this dress very often with the inspiration shoes, so it is a pity it does not look quite so good with my ultra practical red hush puppies.
The same daughter calls these my Grandma sandals.
This time she is probably right!