I bought this skirt from Goodwill for 50 cents a couple years ago for a halloween costume, and held on to it because it's super soft. I figured it would make a nice sewing fabric, once I knew what I wanted to make with it. In to the stash it disappeared.
Earlier this month I found myself in the odd situation of not having any sewing projects on the table. I'd finished everything that I had fabric for, and was about to put my sewing machine away for the week when I came across Heather's blog, Closet Case Files. I don't know what it was about her blog that I loved so much, but I was so inspired that I just had to start a new project. I drafted out this pattern and cut the pieces out within the hour, and whipped the rest of the dress up in the next day.
I'd been meaning to make a shirtdress with simple pleats in the place of darts ever since I saw one of my sixty year old professors wearing one in class. Inspiration comes from the strangest places.
As I was sewing this dress I was convinced that it was the Most Perfect Thing that I have ever made. The insides are all french seamed and beautiful. The sleeves fit and don't restrict my movement. Great, right? Well, once I put the dress on I realized that the bodice was a couple inches shorter than I had intended it to be. The result of this is that the dress is also a few inches shorter than I intended, and that the waistband is right under my chest. This might not be that big of a deal, except it's a very tight waistband. Remember how the sleeves don't restrict my movements? The same doesn't apply to the waistband. Yeah, I can't pick my arms up higher than shoulder level. No big deal, right?
At a vintage bazaar earlier this summer, a woman selling 1940-style dresses told me that waistbands on shirt-dresses used to have snaps at the waists instead of buttons, so that belts could lie flat over them more easily. I thought it sounded like a great idea; my waistband has two snaps instead of a button. The result of this is that if I stretch too violently the snaps pop open. Oops.
Next problem: the binding on the neckline was not supposed to stand straight up. I think it's kind of cute that it does, but that was not intentional.
Regardless of the fact that the fit is a little off on this dress, I still love it. I just can't wear it on days where I have to move around a lot, is all.