Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid, for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear pants, a sweater and a huge coat.
I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I am decidedly a dress kind of gal, so I haven’t felt like myself lately. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I think I’ll have an understanding of what it’s like for a butterfly when it emerges from its cocoon.
Anyway, moving on!
I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had.
I plan to either create a tutorial for drafting a peter pan collar for Verity or offer a pattern piece for free. So, those of you who have the Verity pattern will have another collar option to choose from.
Both of the fabrics that I used for the dress were thrift store finds. While I can’t remember how much each of the cuts were, I’m sure this dress was less than $3 to make.
As you may have deduced from the pictures, the materials are not ideally paired. One is a lightweight knit and the other is a double-knit. I was aware of the material differences before I made the dress, but I’m stubborn, and I forced the union anyway. The weight of the skirt does pull the top of the dress down a bit. Aside from that, the combination was a success, as far as I’m concerned. It’s like an oddly matched couple; strange at first, but somehow it works.
Oh yeah, I should probably address the purple cardigan. Unfortunately, I did not make it. When my mom and sister were visiting me last November, we found that one and a white one on clearance at Anthropology. The cardigans are totally my style and the exact length that I normally prefer. They also have some pretty details, and I have a feeling they’ll last me a good long while. You’ll definitely be seeing them in heavy rotation for the spring.
Well, there you have it: a winter wardrobe sort-of-staple. Now, if only spring would hurry up, so I can shed the coats and sweatshirts and feel like myself again. Is anyone else feeling the winter doldrums?