Some people never change their look, and wear the same hairstyle, same makeup, same clothing style all their lives.
When I look back on old photos I’m all over the place, but I eventually settled into my current hair, makeup and dress style ….. that was a long time ago 😉
Today I don’t feel the need to follow trends, but I don’t want to be stuck in a time warp! Speaking of which……
This pattern is from 1998. I thought about it for my mother-of-the-bride dress four years ago, but something about it looked dated.
How did I do?
I’m not an A cup and I like to smile so some obvious differences exist.
After seeing numerous tropical leaf print dresses this year, I ordered Mood Fabrics Green and White Leafy Print cotton shirting with some type of dress in mind. The fabric is lightweight, smooth and opaque with a little more stretch than many stretch wovens I’ve sewn, but the fabric very easy to handle.
Who would have thought the Midi Dress would be considered fashion forward in 2018? My Midi memories are of Laura Ashley dresses with puffy sleeves, gathered skirts and waist sashes. This time around creating a more flattering silhouette with the longer length was key.
To get the RTW dress look, I made a few changes to the pattern including:
- Shortening the upper bodice by one inch to cup under the bust. This change worked in my favor as it raised the natural waistline exactly to my waist.
- Widening the shoulder straps from 1/2″ to 1 1/2″.
- Creating a square neckline. To do this I cut the upper bodice pattern pieces straight across the chest and placed the the shoulder straps on the outside of the bodice side front.
I lined the upper bodice with the fashion fabric and the skirt with Bemberg rayon. The jury is still out on the skirt lining since the Bemberg created a stiffer drape causing the dress to lose its casual vibe and take on a dressier feel.
Never did I expect to be wearing this length again, but my experiment once again proved it’s all about balancing proportions.
In closing – my apologies about the photo quality. Wouldn’t you know we discovered the new battery charger was faulty when it was too late to do anything other than use our telephones 😬. Until soon!