True to promise, here is something other than a tunic dress. Yay! This week, we have the Dakota dress by Named. Straight from the packet bar a few things:
- my scaling was off when I printed it, so it's about a size too small.
- Sleeve plackets have been changed.
- Neckline - let's just say it's higher!
- No pockets.
This dress is made from a fairly heavy white crepe material, purchased one lunch hour from John Lewis' remnants box. I got 2 metres for £10. Steal.
The material went on a little trip back to NZ with me as a length of material and came back a dress. What a metamorphosis - ha! if only I could say I fared so well after a 50 hour trip!
So, about the changes made.
Firstly, the printing.
There is a box to use to check that things have been printed off correctly, but of course I was printing it surreptitiously at work and therefore didn't want to check/redo it. It's still wearable, just not as loose as designed! I'd best up the running.... or get over it.
Second, the sleeves.
Well, I wanted to get this done and didn't understand the instructions as drafted. I was sewing this on one of the last days at my Mother's house and really.wanted.to.get.it.done because:
a) Mum has an over-locker and that is just like winning a golden ticket for me
b) I thought I could wear this in Dubai during our stop-over on the way back to Home (as opposed to Home Home). Yes, that is how the two places are referred to in my family.
So, even though Mum no doubt had a book I could refer to (she is a Textile and Design teacher after all), I just did what I knew how to do and replaced the sleeve packets as drafted with a simpler variety - a la the kind used in shirts. I slashed the sleeve, sewed a rectangle of fabric along the slashed length, folded it over hand stitched it, and then attached the cuff. Simples.
Rachel has a great tutorial for another style of placket, which I also could have followed, but you know, did I mention that I was chomping at the bit to get this finished?
Third, the neckline.
So, I sewed it all up, tried it on and immediately realised three things:
- I have gargantuan legs.
- I will not be wearing this in Dubai.
- I will not be wearing anything underneath this (other than a slip).
OK, so maybe #1 is a slight exaggeration. I am 169 cm tall (I think that's 5'6.5" I believe), and check out how short this puppy is. I made the smallest hem possible (2 cm) and I still worry it is too short. Happily, the sleeves are a great length - I often find these are just a tiny smidgen too short - enough to feel rather than notice.
The photo above was chosen because even though it chops my head off, it makes the dress look OK on my legs. The one below tells a slightly altered version... but my head is complete. Result. I tried photo-shopping the two together and it was hilariously bad, but not quite funny enough to share. It just looked like I was lame at cutting and pasting...
So Dubai. I know we *can* wear clothes to Western standards in Dubai, but I personally like to be a little respectful and give a nod to local customs (within reason - but let's leave it at that). But that's cool - I don't live in Dubai.
I wasn't quite at the point that I'd sewn something I wasn't going to wear. But. I wasn't going to be able to wear anything underneath this as previously planned - other than a slip, I have some standards! So, I had to fix up the neckline to make it modest. or better said, modest-er. As in, it is more modest than drafted. The BWOF pattern drafters would be going crazy - "what? The neckline has been raised?! Warum?!" They love themselves the deep v.
But I'm babbling. I just threaded a needle with some heavy thread, knotted it and sewed the two edges of the collar to each other in a ladder stitch. Modest in less than 5 minutes.
With some trepidation, I got dressed up and then showed this outfit to Mr CraftyTraveller esq. and asked for comment. He.Loved.It. When goofing about taking photos for this, I tried it with a few items in my wardrobe, including this Levi's jacket that is 14 years old (and has never been washed!!!). As I was going through photos, Mr CT said this was his favourite because it is cool. So there you have it.
I ended up wearing this out for my birthday and got called an Angel by a group of Irishmen on a Stag do the DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING. Who does this in 2014?!!!!
Oirish folk are crazy!
Fourth, the pockets.
Mine is not the type of body that needs patch pockets on the hipline. Know your battles folks.
And with that epiphany, I'll bid you adieu. 'Til next time.