Back in Me-Made-May earlier this year, I whipped up a version of Vogue 1179. I used a poly-lycra roll end from my stash in a reptile-ish print. But I wasn’t happy with it because it really needed an FBA to hang properly. And I felt like a frump every time I wore it. Definitely a wadder project, although I really really like the idea of this dress. I just don’t feel stylish wearing it. I even gave away my earlier red version because the fabric was only an 11 oz rayon-lycra and I felt so self-conscious wearing it.
So I took the latest rendition apart and saved the fabric by turning it into one of Burda’s shapeless boxy tops that take 30 minutes to trace, cut and sew (Burda 05/2012 #109+110).
I’m surprised at this, OK? I have never gravitated towards shapeless anything, but this was a gamble I was willing to lose. I like it. If it wouldn’t look weird, I’d wear this top three times a week. Why? There is nothing special about it. It’s just an over-sized box with a wide boat neckline that can maybe sorta fall into a cowl-ish shape on the front.
I made it more interesting for myself by adding the shoulder ties and pulling them up to about a 10cm width.
Lots of room in this, I think, is what I’m liking. It’s not figure conscious, which translates to comfort, physically and psychologically, perhaps. It was a good use of the fabric. And now that I know I like shapeless tops and they don’t look as horrible as my mind’s eye insisted, I’m not afraid to try more.