Do you ever browse the inspiration pages at Amy Butler’s site? I do. And I came across this dress. Too cute! And it looks simple. But the kind lady from Amy’s studio said that Amy designed it and there is no pattern. So I went to JoAnn’s and picked up a pattern that looked close enough. I’m a size 6 usually, but this pattern’s smallest size was 8. No problem, I’m sure I can fit an 8 since my jeans have been feeling a bit tight lately. Besides, it’s only 2 panels and the package says it only takes an hour of sewing time. How hard can it be?
Well, as they always do when I sew clothing, several problems arose. First off, the dress was too big. I should have anticipated that. No problem. I cut up the front center panel and the back center panel and took out an inch on each one. Then it fit perfectly. But, there’s a reason why size 8 is the smallest size. Can you guess why? Those of you who sew clothes probably know this. Can you guess? Because when you shrink down neck openning, you can barely get the dress off over your head. *sigh* I’ll just add a zipper to the back. Wait. I’m out of zippers. Okay, I’ll leave a slit open in the back and add a button-loop closure. Alrighty. Done. Whew!
I realize this isn’t the most flattering style for my shapeless body, but I actually really like this dress! That’s a big first for me and I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fabric. This was originally McCall’s 8108, view C in Amy Butler’s Nigella Water Lotus.