Hey, all! First, the dress:
And now, the backstory: I love Sea World, and I love sitting in the soak zone at Sea World. After all, there's nothing like a good refreshing gallon or two or whale-y saltwater to get the blood pumping. But I also tend to wear jeans. For those of you who have never worn water-logged blue jeans before, it's a lot like that recurring nightmare where you're being chased and you try to run but you're legs just won't move, even though you're trying as hard as you can, so even though you feel like you should be running, you end up just walking slowly. This is the bane of my existence. Well, that and when the restaurant gets pickle juice on my french fries, but that's neither here nor there.
The solution, of course, is to use a lightweight fabric and make a quick dry sun dress that, when completely soaked, would dry in less than half an hour and not leave me dripping wet for the rest of my day at Sea World. Pictured here in front of an ancient shark jaw (ooooh! aaaaah!):
So, since I just got a dress form from the bestest friend in the whole wide world, I decided to use it to make my first patternless dress. I went deep into the quilting fabrics section of Joanns (that's where all the good prints are!) and found a whole section of fish. Angel fish, clown fish, and finally, adorable sharks! Well, of course I had to get the multicolor sharks. The dress was pretty straight forward. The bodice is sewn like a 1950's bodice, with darting on the sides and below the bust, and the skirt has an inward pleat (is that even what you'd call that?) in the front, and an outward pleat in the back. The straps are actually just the scrap fabric from the sides of the skirt, which gives it this interesting fold in the back that looks a bit like a kimono (sadly, I didn't get a picture) and kind of a faux-sweetheart neckline. It works out nicely, I think.
And if you've been nice enough to read through this whole post, I'll reward you. Here's a picture of cuddling sea lions. Thanks for reading!!!
C&C always welcome!