So far outside my comfort zone it’s probably on another planet…

I made a dress, and not just any dress, but this dress.


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My version is actually inspired by a fellow PR member though, who made hers out of stretch velvet. I was *thisclose* to buying the same shade of blue so enamored was I. Ultimately I went with purple because it felt more “Christmassy” than the sky blue, but the blue would have been awesome too. In the end, I feel like it makes me look a bit like the mom from The Jetsons, but that’s OK too. πŸ˜‰

I actually didn’t finish this dress in time for Christmas, but I did finish it in time for the Pioneer rep appreciation dinner we had the first part of January. Well, mostly. I’ve actually worn it twice without the neck facing sewn down, but who has the patience for handsewing such things when there is an event to wear the dress to?! Seriously though, I need to get that finished, because it’s a royal PITA when I’m ready to wear it to tuck all that nonsense in.

So yeah, I’ve been sitting on posting this dress for a couple of months because I wanted to finish the quilt and get it posted first. It was meant as a motivator, but you can see how well that worked. Ha!

Quick Review:

  • I chose a metallic metal zipper that was a full 3″ shorter than the one suggested by the pattern. It was either that of have a zipper that clashed/was ugly. If you are making it, try to give yourself enough time to order a zipper if you can’t find exactly what you want locally. Learn from my mistakes people!
  • It feels awfully short. I’m 5’2″ and proportionally leggier. I don’t think it looks too short in the pics, but when I’m wearing it I’m constantly worrying that my butt is hanging out–maybe I need to stick to mullet hems?
  • My pockets don’t hang as pretty on me as they do in the pattern image. This may have been due to a sewing or cutting error, or maybe it’s just the fabric, I’m not sure, but be vewy, vewy, caweful when you cut and sew the pockets, they are a bit fiddly too.

Overall, I would recommend it if you want a dress that’s a bit different than the norm. It’s quick to put together, and the end result is quirky and fun.


5 thoughts on “So far outside my comfort zone it’s probably on another planet…

  1. I love it! I like it much better with the shorter zipper, actually; the one on the pattern envelope just seems like too much to me. (This pattern seems way outside my comfort zone, too, but I’ve actually liked every version of it I’ve seen, so maybe it’s the pattern picture I don’t like.) Looks great on you, though! Could you wear it over leggings to feel a bit more covered?

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    • Thank you! Given that I’ve already worn it a couple of times (quite an accomplishment for a non-dress wearer, LOL!) I must love it too. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I need to check into wearing it with leggings or tights–if for no other reason than to minimize the blinding effect of my legs. πŸ˜›

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  2. LOVE it! I love my version of this pattern, too (mine is short sleeved and grey). I must’ve skipped the facing because I definitely didn’t hand-stitch anything down… and my zip is long enough to show LOTs of cleavage if I want but I can’t remember if I followed the pattern length or not. Yours looks fine. πŸ™‚

    I think the length is fine, but I would probably be wearing velvet with tights. Anyway, super fun! (And now I know what I want to wear tomorrow… πŸ˜‰ )


    • Thank you! Yours was actually one of the versions that inspired me to just go for it. Yeah, I have some silver metallic fleece lined tights that I found at Walmart a couple of years ago, but I forgot to dig them out when I wore this dress previously, and now it appears that we’re moving past spring and into summer already–which I am totally unprepared for!!


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