The long awaited travel dress post! Here tis'.
Pattern: McCalls 5752 (I test drove it on my Mom's cruise dress)
I used two knit remnants that I picked up at a fabric store in a Chicago suburb. Sorry, but this was 9 months ago. I'm still playing catch-up. :-)
I lengthened it at least 6 inches and widened the bottom for more flexibility.
I'm so glad I test drove it, because I am much taller than my Mom. As the pattern is written the skirt would have been uncomfortably short on me. I needed this dress to be comfortable because I was making it for travel. I was going to Portland for two weeks and then catching a late Saturday flight, red-eye connection, two hour bus, and going to church immediately after I got home! I needed to wear this dress for 36+ hours and it had to be presentable on Sunday. :-)
Some call it chaos. I call it creativity.
This is our old living room by the way...It got completely revamped while I was away. Post to follow?
Thanks Than for taking the pictures. We experimented with some new poses, but I'm a terrible model and the faces he captured this day were quite varied. :-)
The pattern features a cross-over bodice with raglan cap sleeves, ruched sash/waistband area and an optional draping sash. The sash is not tied, but sewn on.
I wouldn't normally use such a wild print in personal clothing, in fact, I was going to use a lighter shade of purple instead, but I'm glad I didn't. It really adds interest, even though you can't really tell that it is gathered.
From the front you can't tell that there is a collar piece, but it looks really cool in the back. :-)
Shoulder seam and ruching at waist.
The bodice pieces are gathered and the waistband is rather oddly shaped in the front.
This is the day I left Portland. Tiff, Ashley, and Jacob were the remaining hostel dwellers. :-)
Have a nice day!