I very nearly missed participating in Selfish Sewing Week but I am just squeaking in the door with a sparkly animal print Mesa dress. If you are going to show up late to the party you had better show up in sequins, right?
And you had better play it like a cool girl. Just kidding. I don’t really do cool girl well.
This dress is totally out of character for me, which makes it really fun but as it turns out, a little complicated. It’s a Mesa Dress, one of the patterns I was able to choose as a Seamwork Magazine subscriber. The good news about this dress is that I love the neckline and the sleeve-length. The fit on top is really good and suits me. The fabric is from Jo-Ann and is kind of an amazing, stretchy Jaguar (?) print. It’s kind of insanely good.
The bad news about this dress is that it’s short and tight around the tummy, which makes me a bit self-conscious. Also, the snazzy fabric is really itchy! I was looking to make a date night / girl’s night type of dress but I’m just not sure I will be able to toss this one on. Why is special occasion wear so hard to make? I can make a wearable everyday dress without nearly as much incident. I do think that perhaps I would like this dress a little more if it were sewn in a more structured knit…maybe a ponte de roma?
I mean, this fabric, though! Kind of good stuff. Almost makes me think I had better pluck up the courage to wear it as some point. Somebody throw an animal print theme party soon. Can we make that happen?
Did you get any selfish sewing done this week? Any sparkles involved?
Awesome and sparkly! I really don’t think it looks too “mummy tummy” (to quote Blogless Anna)! There is a great optical illusion going on with the fabric, which makes it look darker on the sides – very sliming. Itch-wise, I’d wear one of those…what do you call it? Slips. (Remember those?) I’ve got a swingy strappy one that doubles as a summer nighty.
Melissa Q. says
You are so sweet. Mummy tummy! I love it. A slip is a great idea, I think that could make it tolerable for a night out. Don’t know if I would want to wear it all day but does save it for a date night.