Well, since I already had the perfect bra for this strap configuration, I just had to use this pattern McCall’s 6359, again to make a dress! A pineapple dress made from the same kind of rayon as my previous top, since that worked so well. Of course I complicated matters by adding ruffles to make it a dress and adding a lining.
I feel compelled to line all my dresses now. This dress I just added nude rayon lining to the self fabric facings to make it just long enough to cover my bum. It was all the coverage I needed or wanted. Has anyone else noticed how heavy rayon can get? The weight of the longer length adds up quickly, and I didn’t want to much lining pulling it down.
Because that weight really ended up being a problem with this dress. So sad! I thought I could really just whip this out since I had already made the previous top, but the added weight pulled the armpits down and it was a mess. I had to go in twice to alter it, carefully taking in the dress and facing so it still laid smoothly. Ugh. What I will do next time is cut up the armholes and move the back curve over towards the shoulder to cover more. Rayon isn’t the most stable fabric, so this was a totally predictable problem, I just did not forsee it.
Let’s move on to my fun trim addition, shall we? I almost didn’t add it after my frustration over the armhole alteration (twice!) but now I can see how important the trim is to keep it fun and interesting, right? I love florescent pink, but can’t wear a ton of it, so I’m so happy with this premade roleau strap I found that matched the little triangles in the fabric.
One of my greatest joys in sewing is adding a little detail to help my handmade garments to stand out. I know it is satisfying to make basics, but that is just not why I sew. I love to make things unique, and this added trim was just the ticket in this case. What do you guys think? Too silly to add fluorescent pink trim to a dress that already features pineapples?