This is the fastest dress EVAH! I did cut it out on Tuesday night so I can't count that in the time, but I sat down last night about 7:45 ish and had this done and hemmed by 9:15.
There are three pieces with a some pleating in the front which is super easy. Sometimes I get so confused with pleats...lol, but these were really quick. Baste those up, sew some clear elastic at the shoulders, and serge the sides and shoulders together. The pattern wants you to handstitch the collar down, seriously, maybe I'm just lazy but I doubled it up and serged it. You can't see it when the collar folds down, not even close. I did pin it to make sure. Add a hem and fold over the armholes, I used a double needle, and ouila, instant dress!
I have to say too that Donna Karan is a Goddess! How does this woman draft clothing to be so flattering??? Now mind you, this is a "sack" dress that doesn't have a whole lot of body consciousness to it. But still, for a "sack" it's flattering. The last couple dresses I've made have been either the Donna Karan ones or the DKNY ones. I've decided I'm going to work my way through her patterns. They all seem to work so well.
Finally, this fabric is to die for! No, it's probably not for everyone, it is bright! I showed my DH when I bought it and his response was "OKaaaay?" As in, you're really going to make me be seen with you wearing that? He's a bit more conservative than I am, but he should be used to it by now after 7 plus years, right? ;-) The fabric was purchased on ebay from HighEndFabrics. I've bought a ton of fabric from them and have loved everything. They specialize in organic fibers, bamboos, modals, and rayons. I love their rayons they are so soft. That's what this is, a rayon knit.
I'd been waffling over what to make with this fabric since I loved it so much. I just wasn't 100% sure about this pattern, being rather unshaped as it is. But I'm really glad I went for it. I put a low slung belt on it and it looks cute that way too. Today I have it on with a casual white blazer for work. I'm trying to do the Me Made June but I'm so bad at taking pictures in the morning and I forget when I get home.
Anyhoo, I'm calling this My Crayola Dress. It reminds me of when you were a kid and put the crayon chunks in paper, folded it over and ironed it...this is what you get.
Tohrment (aka Pookie Bear) wanted to be in the picture. I don't know why I'm not smiling in these, I am happy!