I wore it in public!
May 19, 2012 § 19 Comments
Being able to sew something you chose from style to fabric to cut and wear it soon after has been quite an empowering thing for me. And I can’t thank Rikka of Ricochet and Away enough for hosting the I will wear it in public challenge. My thanks too to all the ladies who participated and have been showing such support, considering that we come from all walks of life and have found sewing as our common ground. This was such a fun challenge to do.
You’ve seen the test dress, so you basically know what I’ve done, though I did a few changes.
Choose your fabrics. This time I chose a flowery print for the top and a solid aqua for the bottom.
For the top, it’s basically a tube top made from two rectangles of fabric. For the length, measure the top of your chest to your lower hip and sew at the sides.
Then fold in the top about half an inch. This will be the “casing” for your elastic. The elastic should be as snug as you’ll be confident to wear. What I did was take the elastic all the way around the top of my chest and cut it about two inches shorter.
Make sure to leave a small opening so you can insert your elastic.
Take the elastic all the way around then sew ends together and sew your opening closed.
Since I don’t have an . . . eherm . . . ample bosom, I wasn’t too confident about the dress being just a tube top, so I added straps to mine.
I know I should have kept the straps stitched from the inside of the tube but I never liked straps biting into my skin and sewed them on the outside :D
I’m very happy about this dress and can’t wait to wear it to the beach. It’s very comfortable and perfect for this crazy desert heat. I got to wear out to lunch with a friend though. Thanks to Meagan for setting aside her disdain of public picture taking and taking this shot of me.