I recently realized that I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut: a blue/purple/black, shirt/wrap/maxi rut. There’s no denying the fact it’s quite a cosy rut and I’m pretty comfortable down there, rolling around in the jersey and double gauzes, but I had a suspicion there might be more to life than this. Maybe?
So, when Art Gallery Fabrics came a’callin’ and asked if I’d like to try out their new Cultivate range, it seemed like the ideal time to try some rut-busting! Because seriously, what better way to take a risk, than with some free fabric? 🙂
And so, my peachy dress was born:
Clearly the risk here was the colour, as I’m already a card-carrying True Bias Southport fan. I chose the Rowby Row Lit in peach, which is totally outside my comfort zone, but I’m currently a sucker for the “hand-painted” stripes trend so I thought I’d give it a go. After fretting for a solid week about whether it would suit me or not, I took the plunge.
For the pattern, I decided to use the shorter Southport length, though after reading that the drafted short pieces have a lot less ease than the maxi pieces, I just used the maxi and chopped it off at the knee. I left off the button placket and just cut on the fold, and I added a bit more onto the armscye for bra coverage. For a bit of pizzazz (read with *jazz hands*), I made a yoke which comes over the shoulders and a hem band in some lovely coordinating peach voile from Grey’s Fabrics. The hem’s probably a bit too low now, but I was too lazy to fix it.
So, did the risk pay off? I’m not sure. I’m still not 100% convinced by the colour on me… I think it may be too close to my skintone. Also, the cotton isn’t as heavy as quilting weight but it’s also not quite as drapey as the Southport calls for so it isn’t quite as well fitting as the last one that I made.
That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to turn into one of those dresses that despite the fact I don’t love it, I still end up wearing all the damn time because it’s as comfortable as a sack and washes like a dream.
Do you fall into sewing ruts like me? How do you get out of them? And what’s the biggest sewing risk you took recently?
Disclosure: I received the main fabric for this dress for free from Art Gallery Fabrics.