Project:Sewn Week Two is here, and the theme is “Sundress”I made a jersey knit maxi dress with bleached contrast-color detailing, and a simple layering tee
For the dress I started with a vintage lingerie pattern, Buttterick 6288. I’ve had this pattern for a couple of years, with the intention of turning View C into a dress. I kept mostly to pattern for my dress. I did make some minor changes at the bodice, all centering around the bias tape striping I added.
I wanted to bring that amazing salmon color the bleach drew from the grey fabric up to the top of the dress. So I bleached some uncut fabric to achieve the color. Then I used interfacing on the thin jersey knit fabric (JoAnn Fabrics) to reinforce and keep things stable enough to become straps and striping. For the design on the skirt, I tie-dyed and painted with bleach around the bottom corner, radiating up, to create a stylized sun, making my dress a literal sun dress sundress. Clever, right?!
The tee is just a very simple self-drafted layering tee. The fabric, like that of the dress, is from JoAnn fabric, and a light jersey knit. Rather than make actual sleeves, I extended the shoulders and brought out the underarms of the shirt body to create dolman-style sleeves. I used a rolled hem at the neck, sleeves, and hem, resulting in a lettuce-leaf finish on all edges.
My goal in making this dress was something comfortable, easy to wear, and feminine. I wanted something I could easily wear while playing with my kids this summer, but still be flattering and “put together” enough for a casual night out. Basically, I wanted an all-purpose summer dress. And I think I got it.
The fabric keeps things cool and comfortable, easy to throw in an overnight bag for a weekend trip. And I love the fit of the structured top going down to the skimming skirt. I can wear it to the pool without the layering tee, or to the zoo with. Add some jewelry and fun wedges and I’m good for date night. And the flaring bleached “sun”? Well, obviously I’m mesmerized by it since every single picture I’m staring at it. Seriously, every one, just can’t look away. If you can break its hypnotic spell long enough, click on over to Project: Sewn to vote for your favorite look from Week Two! Thanks again to:
Christie for taking the pictures.
Camilla for making me up pretty, and her mom for letting me use her backyard for the shoot.