To answer everyone’s first question, no the sunglasses are not a prop. I actually wear them, everyday. They were inexpensive which is ideal because I lose stuff, a lot. They also hide my eyebrows which have a life of their own, not helpful when I don’t want the other person to know EXACTLY what I’m thinking. I wish I had more pictures with the sunglasses. They make me laugh a whole bunch.
I did some sewing for me! I was feeling a little burned out on little people clothes and have been knee deep in grading for what seems like forever. I needed a mental break. And frankly, I needed some clothes. It’s August which means our warm weather will be wrapping in up in another month if we are lucky, less if we aren’t. I didn’t want to invest a ton of time into something only to shelve it in 2 weeks. I also just really really wanted an easy sew.
I have made the Causal Lady top with success so I decided to give the dress a swing. Honestly I haven’t sewn it up yet because I was worried it would really not flatter me. Without a real defined waist I tend to look larger, or maternityish. I think this works. There is actually a little bit more definition than I thought there would be, I don’t think the pictures do the drape justice. It is absolutely more of a shift style, but there is a waist. (do you like my super casual poses?)
I cut a medium, and used the same cheater FBA as my top. The difference in stretch between this and my top material was more significant than I realized. I didn’t need any extra space, really I could have taken it in a bit all the way through. I’m toying with the idea of changing up the sleeve and adding a drawstring somewhere in the waist area in a version 2.
This is me thinking, “Don’t look angry, don’t look angry, need one where you don’t look angry.” Do you think that is why all the models aim for looking “fierce”? I can look super angry with no effort at all in pictures.
I cropped 5″ off the hem. And no it isn’t hemmed in this picture, I plan to. The pattern picture leads me to believe the hem is designed to hit mid/top of knee. It covered my entire knee easily. I’m shorter (5’4″), and I’m planning on wearing it a little shorter than designed. So 5″ off you go.
Overall, it sewed up really fast. Under an hour for sure. It fits, it’s comfortable, and the kids told me I looked pretty. You can find the Casual Lady Dress and Top by Go to Patterns HERE. (affiliate link)