|Land's End Woven Pique Shirt dress|
Some times I wish I could just buy the things that I want instead of obsessing over how to create them myself. This dress is sooo pretty. It's $90. I find that ridiculous. It's just a cotton shirt dress. It's not worth $90. Sorry, it's not. I've ordered dresses from Land's End before and was unimpressed with the quality for the money spent.
Instead of trying to budget $90 for a dress, I'm going to make my own. Deciding on a shirt dress pattern is the least of my concern at the moment. To achieve this look, I would combine the bodice of Vogue 8829 with the skirt (shortened, of course) from McCall's 5801.
|Vogue 8829 (bodice) + McCall's 5801 (skirt)|
Finding just the right fabric is my problem. I want a shade of plum-meets-eggplant-meets-aubergine in poplin, or pique or heck, even broadcloth. Mood Fabrics has an eggplant poplin that may work. I already have a swatch and the price is right ($10 a yard).
|Cotton Poplin from Mood Fabrics|
It should be easy, right? I don't know if I like this shade of eggplant. The fabric has a sheen to it and could make the dress too dressy to wear to my super-casual job. Also, the fabric is really stretchy. I'd have to take extra steps (fusible stay tape) to tame it. Hmm. I'll keep looking. We'll see how this goes.
In other news, I've acquired this beautiful cotton lawn and I have no idea what to do with it:
|Robert Kaufman "Sofia"|
Suggestions? And no mention of maxi dresses. They make me look pregnant. That's not the look I'm going for.