I bought some proper fabric from a proper fabric store on my birthday to make myself a proper dress. I'm a classic pear shape - almost a size smaller up top than bottom, so fitted dresses are never easy, either to buy or to make for a novice dressmaker like moi. So I decided on a more relaxed shape in a simple chambray/linen kind of fabric. I have no idea what kind of fabric this is actually, but it feels and creases like linen.
I picked up this Cynthia Rowley pattern and spent the next few evenings patiently sewing it up bit by bit. It was super easy to put together but it turned out to be a muumuu of mammoth proportions. Even my normally very kind husband said it looked like a sack dress, so with a few adjustments on the side seams it became a mini muumuu.
I threw caution to the wind and actually wore it out last night without feeling remotely self concious and fidgety as I am apt to be when wearing something I have made in public. Unfortunately though my non-fidgetyness did not last long as it was a very humid evening (in a supposedly swanky outdoor venue which somewhat hilarously clashed with a Megadeth/Slayer/Alice Cooper gig going on nearby) and the dress ended up being quite itchy...
Hmm. Maybe I should have called this post "what I wore to a Megadeth concert"?
Anyhow, the good news is (I'm clinging onto the bright side here) that I don't hate it and I learned how to make ruffles.