A few weeks ago my wonderful Mom sent me the bestest birthday gift a sewing girl could ask for. Fabric. Nice fabric! The kind I just can’t find at our crappy crappy Joann’s. It’s a beautiful, bright, orange and pink linen that is super soft. Actually, it’s quite similar to the blue linen of my other work-in-progress – just much more vibrant and less transparent. She also sent a pretty pattern to go with it, but I was leery of the lack of darts or shaping lines on it. Some people look good in loose, flowy, semi-shapeless gear. The lovely Crochetie comes to mind. I think being pixie-sized helps. But for myself, I needs some shapin. So I took my mom’s pattern as inspiration (it was a simple shift dress) and browsed Etsy (for much longer than necessary) until I ended up with this:
|New School Vintage Dress – So Zo|
Zoe of ‘So, Zo’ made this dress last year, which was still lingering in my memory. I love the wide lace on the hem and cuffs. I also found some inspiration browsing Etsy, of course.
|Lemon Yellow Shift Dress – danadaisys|
This is all pretty simple still – just some lace trim and different ways to lay it – but simple can be good, right? Besides, my orangey-pink linen is so bright, I don’t want to get toooo crazy with embellishments. Speaking of which, here is a picture of the fabric along with some trims I discovered at our local antique mall.
I like both these trims, but not for this project. My mom said the white is too much of a contrast, and I agree. The floral one is too sparkly, and while I don’t mind mixing different colors, these just didn’t quite do it for me. What to do, what to do. I can’t count on Joann’s or Hobby Lobby to have any good options. Etsy has a million options, but I can’t make up my mind and I shouldn’t be spending precious dollars on this when rent day is fast approaching. And then it hit me.
Hubby got me a tie dye kit for my last birthday, which I really wanted but still had never put it to use. Take a little lemon yellow plus a little fuschia, mix ’em in a bowl with the stark white ribbon, and voila! Lovely trim in the perfect shade for my dress. I feel so resourceful! Maybe I’ll dye a few t-shirts while I’m at it…