Monday, July 28, 2014

Tropicana Dress


Hello readers!!! I am currently enjoying a week in Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California. Beaches, lake, mountains, boulders, waterfalls... it's FREAKIN' GORGEOUS! A beautiful spot for photos of this long-coming dress post.




This dress was started over two years ago, and completed back in April, and now I'm finally getting around to blogging it. To be honest, my main motivation was the sewcialist theme of July Oonapalooza!, inspired by the fun and colorful Oona herself. Not only did this dress scream "Oona", but when I posted this photo on Instagram, she commented that she has this exact same print in her stash - winning! :)


Pattern: McCall's 6113 (out of print)

I wasn't too sure about this dress style on me, but hey, that's what Oona is all about - trying new styles and silhouettes! It is a "handkerchief" dress, where the skirt is basically a giant rectangle. It has a sweetheart neckline and straps that crisscross in the back (different from original pattern).




Fabric: Tropical Rayon Challis - Joann's

This fabric is great to wear and sew with - very soft and flowy, and also very opaque. The downside is that it is kind of heavy! This dress uses a lot of fabric, so it makes sense, but I had to change the straps to halter / criss cross thicker straps instead of the tiny halter straps included in the pattern. The bodice is lined with some green crepe that was in my scrap pile :)





So, this is a really fun, colorful awesome dress. A little out of my comfort zone, due to the silhouette, but I still enjoy wearing it, especially on the beach! (P.S. My swimsuit hides under it perfectly!) Check out all the awesome Oonapalooza garments in the Sewcialists' Flickr pool! :)


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