-House of Pain
For some reason, I have the inclination to shout, 'Surprise!' right now, because you were probably not expecting another dress to pop up after all my griping and moaning about the last one. So...surprise! I made this on a whim when on Saturday night, my beloved Target children's-department jumper, decided it had had enough of my abuse and keeled over. It was like a scene from Tenement. (A play so old and forgotten that it exists nowhere on the internet.) And yes, this is an admission that I haunt the children's department for inexpensive clothing. It was a revelation, the day that I discovered that a girls extra large was the same size as a juniors medium, only more comfortable, easier to move in, and not designed to expose every last bit of junk in my trunk. And when you spend your days following after little ones, picking up exploded bags of M&M's, and rushing in to prevent pre-schoolers from climbing two ton shelves of books...looking hawt is about the last thing on your mind.
I designed the pattern myself, although a great deal of inspiration came from the deceased jumper. Instead of a jersey knit, I chose a soft cotton denim, hoping it would be versatile enough to wear year-round. I plan to add some red sandals and a tank-top for future summery goodness. It took about an hour to sketch and cut out (the bodice is incredibly simple with button/elastic closure in the back, and the body is just a basic rectangle) and one evening to sew. Well, one and some change. It was originally knee-length with low pockets, and I quickly realized that too much length on this style was a one-way ticket to frump town. So I hacked off five inches and moved the pockets up. Now I kind of hate the pockets. They're fine, in principle, but I'm hoping to replace them with some heart shaped ones. Because what's not to love about heart-shaped pockets? I promise to upload some more detailed shots on to my Flickr account soon, but of course, I was lazy and forgot to charge the camera battery. So for now, this will have to do.
I hope your week has been lovely. Things have been hectic here, but full of goodness. More on that tomorrow.