The "I Wish I Were a Ballerina" Dress
Granted this dress is red. I am just not so much into pink anymore. But, the combination of the sheer fabric and fullness of the skirt at the hem sort of took me back. The cut of this dress and the way it draped made me feel like I used to when I would dress up. I like the way the fabric lightly tickled my knees. I don’t think grown-up dresses do a lot of knee-tickling.
So . . . I may, or may not, have had the house to myself this past weekend. There may, or may not, have been an obliging fireplace. And I may, or may not, have done some twirling.
- Fabric: Red (cranberry?) chiffon, probably synthetic, which someone gave me. Satin for the lining.
- Pattern: Vogue 8615. I was going to go real risque and make the whole dress sheer and wear it over a slip or something. I got a little shy, so underlined and lined the bodice and added a loose-fitting straight skirt to line the chiffon full skirt. I have been wanting to try this pattern for quite a while. With a stiffer fabric, I think it would be a totally different dress. I want to try it again. Next time I will remember to add length to the waist.
- Year: 2009
- Notions: Zipper and thread. The latter of which I ran out of, so some of my hand stitching is done in a non-matching true red. Embarassing!
- Time to complete: About 10 hours. Hemming the sheer skirt by hand took forever. Felt like it anyway.
- First worn: Just for photos so far. I need more fancy parties to go to.
- Wear again? I think I will.
- Total price: zipper – $2 + on sale satin – $9.73 = $11.73