Some Assembly Required

I saw this fabric online and had to have it. My favorite shade of blue! And a print reminiscent of that dandelion motif I so enjoy. I had visions of a summer dress.

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Pattern: Willow Tank Dress, Grainline Studio
Size: 6
Fabric: IKEA Ingelill
Mods: moved the bust darts up an inch & made them a little longer

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I’ve cooled on this fabric since I saw that someone online used it to make a privacy curtain for her cat’s litter box.

Also, it wrinkles like, well, like cotton would. I’m not usually bothered by that – I love linen and live with its characteristic wrinkles, and I’m bad at laundry and choose to wear wrinkly clothes rather than properly micromanage the dryer-to-hanger pipeline – but these wrinkles are deep and right across my lap. Meh.

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Boxy style is boxy

I rather like its fashion’s style, but I’m not sure it will fit into my life’s style so well. I don’t tend to “dress”, which here means owning a variety of clothes suitable for various specific occasions and, this is the part I’m bad at, remembering to use them rather than wearing the same dress over and over because it’s comfortable and already ironed (I refer you to my statement above about being bad at laundry). So while I look at this and think it’s perfect for a BBQ or pool party, I haven’t been to a BBQ or pool party since finishing this dress and probably wouldn’t have thought to wear it if I had been.

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I haven’t worn this once since the day I finished it excepting these photos. It seems too casual for the office, too short for chasing after kids, too loud when I’m wearing it, and yet when I look at these pictures it isn’t too casual or too short or too loud, is it?

Maybe if I can disassociate this print from kitty litter boxes it could still stand a chance.

2 thoughts on “Some Assembly Required

  1. I like it! It is very much like the summer dresses I’ve been making for myself. For the office, I make them a couple of inches longer, and I think ahead about how I’ll wear them, i.e., with office-worthy sandals, and maybe a necklace. Usually it can be dressed up with a simple jacket, too. If you think yours is too short, just add a band to the bottom of the same fabric or a coordinating color. It will look great, I think. I think you’ve made a neat outfit, it’s just a matter of figuring out how you’ll feel good wearing it.

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    1. Amen! I do like it, A band is a really good idea! I hadn’t thought of that. I was thinking jacket/cardigan, too because it’s just a little too much skin for the office (for me), but I think the length and exposed arms balance out the boxiness of the style really well otherwise.

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