|Quite happy that I actually managed to sew something at social sewing|
But then Nic came to social sewing wearing a groovy, grunge-inspired dress-as-top and I was hooked. And she let me try it on and she'd brought the Drape Drape books with her. Not to mention that Mindy (social sewing regular but blogless) had generously left a pile of free fabrics for us to rifle through including a drapey cotton knit with a groovy irregular stripe and a kind of 70's vibe. The planets aligned. All other sewing projects were abandoned and two hours later I was wearing this dress from Drape Drape 2. It's kind of short in these pics but it the hem has dropped a bit since which looks better.
This pattern is super easy, just two seams and the arm and neck bindings to sew. Talk about a quick sewing fix! In fact when I got home I immediately cut out another one (I cut the size M/L) in some stripy drapey op-shop rayon (?) and sewed it up the next day - the only difference was adding a bit of length. I stabilised the shoulder seams with some clear elastic on the sewing machine and then sewed the whole thing on my over-locker. Vrooom!
I haven't hemmed this one yet and advice on Twitter is not to go too short, so I'm thinking maybe an inch off? I like how the stripes work on the drapey side and the chevron thing happening at the other side. And did I mention how comfortable it is? I'm usually into more fitted things but on a 39C day like tomorrow this dress is going to rock.
Talking of Twitter, I found out on this important sewing grapevine that Sewbusylizzy had the same thought process and may shortly be modelling a similar stripey version of this dress, although undoubtedly in a much more glamorous location than a veggie patch :) Can't wait to see your version Liz!
Nic generously lent me all three copies of her books so I need to trace some more patterns, stat! I'm thinking the asymmetrical top in DD2 and what else? Suggestions anyone?