My obsession with the exposed neon zipper continues. It's like Fatal Attraction, except um, not at all (first of all, no bunnies were harmed in the production of this dress, and I think the zipper is just as into me as I'm into it). She adds an unexpected pow-pow to your eyeballs, and I really love adding these quirky details to my garments. Makes it feel even more "me" and fairly screams "I WAS NOT PURCHASED IN A STORE."
I fell in love with this pattern a few months ago. I really like mixing prints and colours in a dress, and the geometry of this one gives it a pretty space-age hourglass shape. The crazy silver snakeskin print definitely adds to the Jetsons vibe. I saw that fabric and immediately knew it was meant for this dress, but had a hell of a time finding a contrast solid I liked in the same weight. I settled on this bright red cotton, but realized that it was a little too stiff. It's not super giving at the shoulders. And once again, my refusal to make a muslin or take the time to properly fit it bit me in the ass (am I the only one so anxious to move on to the next thing that I skip the whole "make it fit perfectly" step? *crickets*) After making a dozen or so dresses, I've realized that I almost always have to take the shoulders down. I must have a short chest or something, because this guy does not sit properly on the shoulders. Is there a "slope back" equivalent term for this fit issue? And then there's the whole 12 on top, 14 on bottom pattern piece mixing I have yet to really master. I wore this dress to work the day before this shoot and the bum got a little saggy too. Cotton! You stretchy beast!
Adding insult to injury, the cheapo poly I used to line it totally split its seams after 8 hours sitting at my desk. I'm dealing with it for now but if I ever get around to fixing my complaints about this dress, I'll replace it with silk or a soft voile.
While you read this I will be basking in Cuban sunshine and hopefully drinking an indecent amount of rum with little paper umbrellas. Hopefully I will be able to come back with some photos of the caftan I just finished. Caftans! Cuba! Caliente!