I bought this simple rayon print at JoAnn on clearance, I think $1.50 a yard cuz it was half off the clearance price of $3 or $5/yard. I love the black/warm brown/navy/pink/red color combo! I wanted something relatively loose, a dress, not a top, but I was originally thinking a dolman sleeve or open sleeve. But I didn't have any patterns that were quite close enough, so I used this old standby.
Simplicity 2497--I've used it a million times but I never make it like the pictures on the cover show. This time, I didn't do the waistband and instead zigzagged some elastic to the seam allowance pressed up, and I made it shorter. I used the sleeves from view A and the rest was more like view C, although shorter. Since I had elastic instead of a waistband, I didn't need a zipper in the back so it just pulls over the head!
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I know, it looks a little droopy hanging on the hanger... that's how rayon drapes, ya know.
I gave it a bias binding on the neck and sleeves, of some black china silk. After working on heavy cottons and wools and knits this winter, this project was SO much easier to press. OMG. Like, barely any heat on the iron, and both fabrics did exactly what I asked. Sweet.
It's pretty fun to wear--lightweight and comfy, but not bare or anything.
I'm hoping this will transition from winter to spring, cuz it's a lightweight fabric but dark color. For now, I'm thinking I'll need to wear it with dark tights or leggings, and maybe boots! What would you do??
P.S.! OMG! I posted this this morning, but while perusing ModCloth this evening I saw this dress...
Very similar, am-I-right?!!? It's also a lot like these (also ModCloth) cuties...
Always nice when you can back up your assertions, right? My point: this style of dress is cute. ModCloth proved it for me ;)!