Remember this dress? Even after I stopped looking at it for several weeks, it still had so many problems that I must consider it a wadder. BUT I was still enamoured with the concept, so I figured it was time to try again. I changed many things. The fabric for the new dress is a bottom weight silk twill, which has more weight and less shine than the charmeuse of the previous one. The fit for the new one is slouchy and casual, as opposed to the 12 darts in the other dress. I like the result and I think I will actually wear it outside the house.
The lattice yoke works much better in the slouchier fit. I used a pattern from Burdastyle 2/2012.
I was kind of hemming and hawing about the dye part of the dress, while also reading the book “The New Republic” by Lionel Shriver. I came upon the following: “The throw rug beneath Edgar’s feet included one aberrant purple stripe that, while it looked like a mistake, also electrified the pattern and was the sole reason the rug drew his eye.” Upon reading this sentence, I realized that a purple stripe is exactly what my dress needs.
I tied up my dress, mixed up some purple and green dye, and squirted it on. Voila, a colorful dress!