Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finished: The Ghetto Fabulous Graffiti dress

...that I didn't know I was going to make!

So, this week my boyfriends mom was staying with us for a couple of days. One of those days, we ended up fabric shopping! (OMG I have a great fabric store within ten minutes walking distance, this is going to be dangerous! And, how was I supposed to know they sell more than just curtains...?) well, anyway, we were looking at fabrics, and I saw this crazy awesome stretch jersey thinking it would be a great top. My boyfriends mom quickly decided that if I would make her one too, she would buy the fabric for both of us. Awesome! Back home I realized there was more fabric than I thought and decided to go for a dress with my half of it instead, and sewed up my new favorite tight shift dress but this time with super simple gathered half circles as sleeves.

I could, with some "minor" stretching of things, think of the sleeves as the thing that connects the dress to this weeks theme over at sew weekly: Gatsby 1920s/1930s, since this type of sleeve, loose, wide and gathered on top of the shoulder seems to have been used a lot during the mid to late 30s. Like in these dresses:

(I'm not exactly sure about what year all these patterns are from, although I am fairly sure the ones on the edges are 30's I think that the third one from left is dated 1940. Anyway, close enough?)

The dress took me about 45 minutes to make. (I really really need to start making something else than dresses before winter hits me in the back of my head!) Here it is, I got such a graffiti vibe from it when it was finished so I had to go with the ghetto glam styling!

I am a little worried that the super busy print is making me look a bit... um, chunky? With that dark blue part coming down the side front... Oh well.

Here's one a bit better of the sleeve, not that one really can see how it's made with all these colors going on, but anyway, you can at least glimpse that it's only attached to half the armscye and that it's gathered on top! Apart from that sleeve I'd say about nothing in this dress says 1930's... (But then again, this wasn't part of my plan... so.)

Next up on my sewing schedule is a pair of corduroy pants that will hopefully fit me better than the I-don't-even-know-how-many pairs of jeans that's about as comfy as wearing a sardine can who are currently warming a shelf in my wardrobe.

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