The Dress take 3
I started cutting out the vintage dress I posted about earlier and it’s just not going to work. After cutting it out and pinning it to myself, there’s too much fabric on my chest and I think it’d make me look stout and bulky.
I went to the pattern store last night and found a pattern that is as close of a match to Scarlett’s dress as I think I’ll find:
My only concern are the sleeves. I’ve had horror experience with sleeves most notabley my sophomore year of high school when I made my dress for the senior prom. My mom and I made my dress and it was a beautiful a-line skirt with a fitted bodice and delicate sheer cap sleeves. Purple satin. Very pretty. Well….we didn’t construct the sleeves right and I couldn’t move my arms more than half way out. Mid-way through the night as I was dancing, the sleeves ripped off the bodice and I ended up with a strapless dress. Not a huge deal because the bodice was boned and have the structural fortitude of an iron breastplate BUT it was prom at a Christian school with a strict ‘NO BARE SHOULDERS!’ rule. Oops.
Granted, range of motion concerns me more than eternal damnation at this point in my life but still..I’m leary of sleeves. SO, here’s what I settled on:
I’m going to do the short version with the lace midsection. Fabric selection is proving to be a challenge though. I want it to be swishy so cotton won’t work. But if you’ve been to a generic fabric store, you’ve probably noticed that most of the fabrics are for cool colored folks…not too many warm tones for brunette gals like me. This frustrates me. Bri and I are going on an epic fabric quest on Friday and hopefully we’ll find something that won’t make me look like the queen of the junior prom.
(sidenote: while I was looking for fabric yesterday, I went to the prom section and this season, they’re showcasing a line of fabrics called ‘Fruit Smoothie’. It’s a series of bright pinks, pale greens, and baby blues. Call me crazy, but who’d want to go to Prom looking like a protein shake?)