||I've mentioned previously that I am frequently get on kicks for a particular style (usually vintage-inspired) or color combination. In this case, it was both. New Look 6776 wanted desperately to be sewed, but I hadn't yet found a fabric that tickled my fancy. I woke up one morning wanting to wear green, which isn't too prominent in my wardrobe (despite being my favorite color).
To remedy this, I went on a fabric search. Unfortunately, black and green isn't too common a color combination. Although I love this fabric (Boo to You! by Riley Blake, which also comes in purple and grey), I wasn't too happy about making another vintage-inspired dress in polka dots, because I had just made one the previous summer (in orange, which I will feature at some later date). Obviously, my reluctance was overcome in the end.
The fabric for the sash is nothing special. It's just a quilting cotton from JoAnn's. They did have an exact match for the dots, but it was just too stark against the dress. I thought this one, with its own dots, looked better.
If the bolero looks familiar to you, I direct you to my second pattern review, featuring Simplicity 2183. I am getting more use of out of this more than I thought I would, because the bolero is frequently waiting to be washed when I want to wear it. This means, of course, that I must make another and/or more in a different pattern.
Finally, onto the pattern review. The dress isn't as simple to make as it looks. There's gathering under the bust, which I expected, but it also has pleats in the front and back (which are covered by the sash). It is also lined. It isn't difficult at all, just it's more complicated than it seems. The sash, however, is ridiculously simple. I would recommend this for an advanced beginner.
Modifications made: I shortened the straps (as always) and lengthened the skirt (as always). I made the sash in the largest size in the envelope because I like having lots of dangly ends.
One final word of caution here: take care when choosing a fabric for this dress because some of it is cut on the bias.
Barrettes: Etsy, ~$2
Earrings: Etsy, ~$5
Socks: Target, $7 for a package of six vibrant colors
Shoes: Famous Footwear, $70 (more expensive than what I usually go for, but so comfy and so worth it)
Yeah, my hair is wet again. Sorry.