I’m 31 years old and I still don’t know if I can pull off a red dress…
I’ve gone through so many phases where I’m totally confident that I can and others when I think it looks awful on me that for a long time I just ruled it out of my wardrobe! I thought it was time to try again though!
I bought a beautifully soft red viscose twill from Pound Fabrics – at £2.50/m it was an absolute steal! My idea for a dress was for something like this…
I wanted a drop shoulder dress with exaggerated palettes flutter sleeves and some sort of hem ruffle. In order to create this I decide to mash a whole bunch of patterns together!
The base of the dress is the By Hand London Eloise dress which features a semi fitted bodice and a very full flared hem rufffle. (I’ve used this pattern before here and here). I used the Simplicity 1366 blouse as a guide to change the shoulder and armscye to a drop shoulder and then I used the combo of the blouse sleeve and View F of the Simplicity 8506 vintage sleeve pattern and mulched them together!
It ended up being a pretty quick sew as there’s only bust darts and no closures as the neck is wide enough to go over my head.
After trying it on, I felt I’d made the body a little too long so I made a channel at the waist with the excess length and added some elastic. I’d always planned to belt it anyway and this way the elastic held the weight of the dress a bit better!
I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this dress now that it’s done! Whilst it looks pretty close to what I’d doodled, I don’t know if it’s the right shape for my body. Those drop shoulders I don’t think are doing me any favours and neither is the looseness of the fit!
That being said the fabric feels amazing and I love the swishy-ness of it – it’s seriously the softest stuff I’ve bought for ages. I really hope I grow to love the dress more!