At the end of last fall I was really excited about sewing knit dresses. Until I realized that sitting around wearing knit dresses a lot meant I’d gained a few pounds and hadn’t even noticed. Whoops! So that kind of soured me on them for awhile. But there’s one I never shared that has a great print, and I felt like busting it out recently since I don’t know about you, but I could use a bit of fun in the dark days of winter. And this dress is certainly fun!
This dress is a Lady Skater and Moneta dress mashup. My galaxy dress was too, but this one was its predecessor. I tinkered with the neckline in the front and it came out a little high, so when I made it I preferred to wear it backwards. Although I noticed this time it didn’t bother me, so I’m wearing it the right way round.
I really don’t have much to say about this dress since the construction was straightforwardish—Lady Skater sleeves, Lady Skater armholes going down to the bodice shaping of Moneta, and Moneta skirt. I love how much more carefree altering a knits pattern can be if it’s a basic enough shape. But the fabric, that’s something to talk about! It’s a Lillestoff organic cotton jersey. If you’ve never seen their prints, they’re wonderful, and the quality of the fabric is, too.
My dress is covered in the seven dwarves carrying around Snow White in a glass casket. Yes, seriously.
Is that not an insane idea for fabric?! And presumably it was meant more for children’s items than for adults (as I suspect many of their prints are). Even more ludicrous. What it says about me that I saw it and thought, “Oh yeah, I want a dress out of that!”, I have no idea.
A little petticoat under a knit dress is a nice way to give it a bit of fullness, just like you might do under a woven dress. In the photo below you can see it peeking out because I didn’t pin it up very well (it was a bit longer than my dress). Doh.
Before I forget, I should mention this is the last time you’ll see me with red hair. Much as I love it, there were several things I didn’t love about it, not the least of which was getting horrible roots at only 4 weeks out when I was still 2 weeks out from a touch up (and no way me or my pocket book could stomach going more frequently than 6 weeks)… not liking the color with my skin tone in artificial light… and not being able to use our amazing rain head in the shower because I only washed my red hair in cold water and then kept it out of the water for the rest of the time to help preserve the color (and standing under a rain head in a shower cap is like being under a metal roof in the rain). By the way, that cold water thing was a gigantic help, as the one day I didn’t do that was the day before going back to black, and the fading was noticeable whereas it never was before!
It was a blast being a redhead but I always knew I wouldn’t want to keep it up forever, so the tides have turned and I’ve gone back to black. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a look at my new locks last week. Fortunately, it’s another hair color I really like! And as a bonus, I’ll be able to wear pink closer to my face again, and I always start to want to wear pink at the end of winter when spring is approaching. So with bright pink lipstick (although I admit, red still looks better on me, but pink is fun now and again), new pink shoes and a pink purse, I’ll kiss the red a very fond good bye and enjoy the darker side once again.
Anyway, back to the dress. I adore the print but have to admit that as soon as I finished this dress, I was kind of over it for awhile. I usually go in phases on the types of prints I love. Last fall it was lots of cute and ridiculous prints, and really bright combinations of colors and textures. And I think some of that was starting to wane by the time I finished this dress, so I haven’t pulled it out since last year.
Now being the part of winter where it feels like it will neeeever eeeend, my mind is totally full of colorful florals, stripes, and lots of pastel shades that remind me of the spring weather to come… eventually.
I may be in a string of coat projects (although I’ll probably take some time between each because yowza), but I’m totally plotting out things for spring in the back of my mind! How about you? Any colors or prints particularly on your mind lately? Are you already thinking about your spring wardrobe like I am??