So here we are! The first of my (mostly) homemade/scavenged spring and summer wardrobe. My long, red, scalloped-hem, maxi-dress.
I remember I found this late one night after having clicked through a million links so unfortunately I don't remember where it's from. (Any eagle-eyes out there that recognize it--please let me know so I can credit it!)
Why I made it:
I love the long skirt and dress thing and it seemed like a good everyday dress that was both casual and basic.
One of the toughest things I've found when making clothes is finding fabrics. Not only are fabric stores completely overwhelming, but the fabric is always way more expensive than you think, and finding the perfect fabric for your project is nigh impossible. Especially when you get your heart set on something. So--the ideas end up germinating for awhile. And in this case--I randomly found this particular fabric at Joann of all places!
Pros: waaay less expensive.
Con: wrinkles super easy. But I can make that work for saving the $$! Ideally I'd love a red silk/lace thing but we'll have wait on that.
I love red. Probably my favorite color. And thematically, this "season" (ha!) I went with a specific color palette: red, mint green, mustard yellow, ivory and black.
Such gray light from all this rain!
How I made it:
I used the shift pattern from the Built By Wendy: Dresses book as the basis. I lengthened it to be ankle-lenght on me, and ended up taking in the waist quite a bit so it could be belted without being too "blousy." For the scalloped bottom (new obsession) I used this tutorial and it was basically a cinch! Much easier than I had feared and for me, this makes the dress.
...simple zipper up the back...
I actually finished this a few weeks ago and it was a bit chillier then, so I wore it with a black cotton kimono belt and a thrifted linen blazer.
...and my red shoes :)
More to come!