Dress Me Up

One of the coolest things to me about experiencing Quilt Market was seeing sewn and modeled samples of so many patterns. Which is probably why I came home with so many patterns in hand or on my wishlist! LOL!

This Indygo Junction pattern was one of them. It’s the Day Shift Dress and I thought it would be a great one to make for wearing instead of my usual tee-and-jeans or tee-and-skirt.

I picked out some brighter fabrics than the examples I saw (some of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern) and got to work. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the pattern is sized pretty generously. I traced and sewed the Medium but I might have been able to go down to a Small — and I wear a size 12.

It’s a pull-over dress so there are no zippers or button plackets to deal with. The downside? It’s not a close-fitting style and I’m not sure how flattering it is on me. No, seriously; I’m not fishing for compliments here. Even Josh (who took my picture) said, “It makes you look wide but you’re not wide.” I’m afraid he may have a point.

The dress also runs short. Like, above-my-knees short. Can’t-lean-over short. I’ll probably add a faux layered hem panel to give myself a few more inches to work with because I think wearing it over jeans adds to the wide-and-bulky look I’d like to avoid.

Overall, the pattern was pretty easy to sew and I still like the look of it, even if it’s not super flattering on me.

12 Replies to “Dress Me Up”

  1. Maybe if you try a wide 4 inch band from the aqua tab fabric connecting the bodice to the skirt it might define your waist and also add the inches in length. I’d pin a strip on and see what it looks like. It would be an easy fix with a little seam ripping.

  2. Could you put a couple of ties in the sides to give yourself a way to show your waistline. I love the style of the dress, but I agree with your comment that it needs a little more shape to it. The previous comment about adding a band under the bodice is excellent too. If you want to wear it with jeans, you may want to consider making it shorter.

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  3. I’m finally going to comment after lurking for months (I promise I’m not a stalker), LOL! I love the dress and do not think it looks wide. But, you could make a coordinating belt/sash to go around the waist to narrow it in a bit! Great job!

    Anne in SCs last blog post..She has the proper tools……

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  5. If it was cut a little longer and was sleeveless, or had capped sleeves, imagine how comfortable it would be on a hot day! Fitted is far from what you want when it is boiling hot.

    I guess I have being comfortable in the heat on my mind– I am sweltering in my non- airconditioned home in 45 degree celsius (about 114 farenheit) Australian summer heat– but seriously, it would be a great summer shift dress.

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  6. Love the pattern and you have that “don’t mess with me” look-lol. Wow, have I missed alot. So many great posts that I hadn’t seen. You’ve been busy. Those bags are fabulous.

    Hope all is well on your end!

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  7. I love it. I like the first comment about adding a band. Personally, I think the easiest thing would be to add a tie – one that ties behind your back. I have tons of somewhat shapeless dresses that have a tie in the back and it really helps to define the waist!
    PS. I love your blog. I happened upon it a few days ago and it’s a lovely distraction from doing my work!

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