A little something wrappy for me me me
I have been working to break the habit of sewing for someone else when I sew for me.
Let me rephrase: I sew clothes for my body but someone else’s life. I don’t know about you, but when I look at patterns and fabric I tend to be drawn to clothes that don’t really suit the way I actually live. Perhaps that’s because the “clothes that suit my lifestyle” category can be broken down into jeans or linen pants paired with $6 T-shirts from Target. Or maybe it is because I have a secret love for gold lamé. I don’t know.
And I’m getting up there, folks. I need to do something to stop the grocery store check-out boys, bus drivers, and librarians from calling me “miss” while I’m carrying my 10-month-old. I’m a mother, for pete’s sake, give me a “ma’am,” would you??
Ahem, yes, sewing…when I saw this material I knew it was destined to become that wardrobe staple of sophistication and ease: a wrap dress.
Someday I will make the Hot Patterns Wong Singh Jones Kimono Dress (inspired, of course, by Cidell), but for now a pattern in the hand was worth two in the internet queue. Thus I turned to trusty Butterick 5101. I’ve made the top twice, the pants and skirt each once, and now the dress. I’d say I got my $1 out of this one! We’ll just pretend that the first time I made the top and pants in a brown ponte knit I didn’t look like a Jedi in training. As far as I know, there is no photographic evidence…
What I like about this dress: the high, non-gapping neckline. The unobtrusive and simple sleeves. The ridiculously simple construction. What I don’t like: the way the some of my seams turned out (bunchy). The tendency to unwrap with wind and walking. My conclusion: wear a slip and don’t look too close–it’s a win!