Well, it appears that I like my outfits to have an element of playfulness, and, this is so obvious, I am drawn to bright and cheery colour. I adore polka dots, I’m not afraid of pattern mixing, and I shine with a little sprinkle of sparkle. I don’t play favourites with either dresses or pants, and let’s not forget, I’m a big fan of thrift shopping. So, what did I come up with? Well, I found a large piece of turquoise gingham fabric in my local Salvation Army about a month ago. Um, hello! My McCall’s pattern #8621 is also a thrift store find. Unused and my size. Cool! I decided to try and work some magic using thrift store materials. I have to tell you, I’m over the moon with what I’ve come up with. I made a few small alterations to the pattern. I added some detail to the neckline with a quasi-collar and decorative buttons. I also added piping to both the neckline and the armholes. I made the back neckline higher, and I fully lined the dress. A little bit vintage feeling, yes? I felt it was what the gingham would have wanted. I’ve done minimal accessorizing. With the sash detail at the waistline, and the buttons at the neckline, I felt extra jewelry would be distracting. The sparkly shoes you’ve seen many times before; hey, I gotta have me some sparkle, and I adore these shoes. Sadly, polka dots didn’t make it to the table today, but if ever I find a colourful polka dot cardigan in complementary colours, you know it’s mine. At the end of the day, this feels like me. How do you think I did?
One of things I have found challenging about sewing garments for myself, is how I feel once I’m wearing the final outcome. A fabric store can be overwhelming to me….so many fabrics in pretty colours, gorgeous prints, and an endless selection of sewing patterns available. In the past, I have sewn garments only to find that as pretty as the finished outfit looked, sometimes the design lines weren’t truly me, or the fabric didn’t feel quite right. I have to say that Dressing Your Truth has really helped me to make better decisions. I have a clear understanding of what types of fabric I feel better in, and I know what design lines to look for in a pattern.