Remember this post in October when I was avoiding FBA-ing a shift dress and sewing a leather clutch for an upcoming family wedding? Well, I bit the bullet on both (the wool jacket is yet to be started though) and here is the result!
The dress is my third Sew Over It Ultimate Shift dress (1, 2). This is the dress I originally planned with the pattern, and I’m glad it worked out. I didn’t add extra darts in the back this time, because with a print this busy I figured that shaping wasn’t going to be noticeable.
The fabric is a lovely stable sweater knit that turned up at a local Fabricland (even though it’s a chain store, there are always a few bolts that are different at each store.) I’m a sucker for a dark floral, so it had to be mine!
Honestly, there’s almost nothing to say about the dress – it’s just a basic pattern with a statement fabric! I did think about lining it, but just wore a slip instead.
For the wedding, I wore it with leggings, nicer boots, and my red double-knit coatigan. I enjoyed the casual 60’s vibe of the whole outfit, and it was great not to fuss about tugging anything up or down all night!
As it happens, I posted on the Curvy Sewing Collective this week about outfits to sew for holiday parties, ranging from retro to lagenlook. I have so many everyday clothes in my wardrobe, but I’m definitely lacking in cocktail dresses and party frocks! For now, I’m enjoying keeping it comfy and casual, like this outfit, even when I could go a little more glam. (My sister wore the knit Anna dress I made her last year, and look fab… and my mom wore a really cute short asymmetrical knit dress that we’re going to try to copy. Guess the penchant for casual formalwear runs in the family?)
Do you like to go all out for fancy occasions and really dress up, or do you prefer “everyday but nicer”?