I made a dress! A totally simple, 6-seam dress that took 45 minutes to slap together at the end of a rough day. Because sewing=happiness, ammiright?
So, let me tell you about my totally basic dress, and see if I can make it interesting in any way! This is my second version of the Groove dress, which has options for girls and women with lots of neckline, sleeve and hem options. Despite that, I made up my own version – I made the long sleeve into a cap sleeve, cut my own scoop neck, and gave it a slight high-low hem.
The fabric is a strange ITY that has a textured scroll design mixed with a floral print. It’s super slithery, and I like it but don’t love it… and that’s why it’s so perfect for a project like this!
Sometimes, you just need to sew. And when the goal is sewing, I like to use a fabric I don’t care about. It’s also my favourite time to make alterations on the fly, because who cares if it doesn’t work out?
And in this case… it kinda worked? I actually planned to make a nice demure dress that i could wear at my Granny’s retirement home this weekend… but along the way, this got pretty short! Too short for work, unless I wear leggings. It does feel summery and fun though, so I’ll enjoy wearing it anyway!
Now, I first got into this tent-shape of dress last summer, and did a series of posts on various patterns… so I was really surprised to put on my first Groove dress this year and realise that it’s not nearly as swingy as I thought! Last year it seemed daring, but after a winter of sewing Ebony dresses, it feels quite tame!
See? On the left, my Groove dress… centre, a Santa Fe tank lengthened into a dress, and on the right, an Ebony dress. Can you see how much more volume it has? The Groove dress is distinctive because it goes down straight from the armscye, then flare out at the high waist. (I think the new Pony tank has a similar cut, and so does the Jorna dress I sewed last summer.) Santa Fe and Ebony flare right out from the underarm.
So, have you made anything low-stakes and fun lately? I’ll be wearing my new dress on the long solo drive to Ottawa this weekend – then maybe I’ll put on my #sewlikeyourgrandma dress once I arrive!