Another retro-ey work dress, this one I don't love
Anyway I made this dress using the bodice of Simplicity 2444, a Project Runway pattern that I used on a vintage-ey dress I wore for some of our engagement pics. The skirt I did differently, using a basic darted pencil skirt pattern.
twisted look, like I've done before on simple modern things. It worked pretty well, not too lumpy and wide enough that it holds the look better than the skirt I tried it on. This dress is made of a poly suiting, a $1.50/yard or so find on a half off clearance rack event at JoAnn's.
Anyway, the sad story about this dress is, literally as I finished the last bit of sewing, I realized--wait--I don't like clothes that are this close to my skin color. They make me feel fat. It's silly, I know, but I don't usually like slim-fitting pale pink tees or tannish camis and blouses. I feel like a blob with no defined curves or lines. Obviously this dress doesn't have that problem... but I'm still just not sure how I feel about it!! I guess I like to stand out more. What do you think? I honestly can't imagine how I could wear this dress and like it. A colorful cardi over it seems weird, like I'd look naked underneath. A black blazer might be too contrast-ey. Maaaaybe a colorful belt and shoes... but what color? Red is all I can think of. I don't know...
At least it was cheap fabric, but it is frustrating to realize at the last seam on a project, "Wait, I'm never going to wear this..."