Summer is upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere, and I found myself reaching into the depths of the fabric stash and patterns to make myself a bright and happy summer dress. I found some ridiculously cheerful blue fabric with bright white polka dots, a veritable symbol of summer good times.
However, one must be careful sewing with bright fabric and bold patterns. In particular, there are good reasons to NOT sew with bright blue and white polka-dotted fabric, and here they are:
Yes, that is Bozo the clown.
And yes, that is Minnie Mouse.
When sewing with polka dots, one really wants to be making something that a gorgeous person, and not a clown, would wear. Perhaps like this:
So I made my dress up using New Look 6799, which had some nice details like a roundy neck and a waist bit (these are probably real sewing terms) that I could put some piping either side of. What do you think?
Sorry about the slightly snotty expression - I need to work on my photo face, or perhaps my real-life face. I blame it on general malcontent related to the state of my hair. I'm growing out a fringe at the moment, and my hair's just all over the shop. I'm sure you all empathize with this kind of hair suffering. We've all been there.
I digress, back to the dress. There is some red piping either side of that bit in the middle, and I like that detail rather a lot. I lined the whole thing to make it easier to wear, and I'm glad I did, because it's so comfy, it's like trackies. Now, I know real sewists would show the zip and how the piping matches up at the seams etc, but I'm not going to because it's all very imperfect.
BUT, I love it. A woman who I don't even know said to me in the street "I have to tell you that I LOVE your dress". She even said it in capital letters, just like that. Now that's a sewing victory, people.