Retro Stripes

Nine months ago, when I had just made this dress, I wasn’t sure I’d wear it a ton. I loved the fabric (still do), but the shape was just not ideal on me. I felt like it hit a weird spot between lose in some places and tight in other places. And I liked it from the front, but I was bothered by the fabric pooling at the back. I also didn’t want to add darts to a T-shirt dress, so I decided to wear it anyway.

It has not become my favourite dress, but it has become one of my most worn garments nonetheless. Especially in the summer, when the weather’s warm enough to wear it without tights: it’s my go-to dress for lazy summer days. I also wear it in winter, with tights and a cardigan (usually this one), so it really is a year round dress. And I don’t ever think about its imperfect fit when I wear it.

To make it I used Sewaholic’s Renfrew top, which I simply lengthened. Now I know not to do that again. I also shortened the sleeves, got rid of the sleeve bands and made my own, much narrower, neckband. All hems were serged, then turned and topstitched with a double needle. Since I was using white thread, I made sure that the topstitching fell on white stripes. I didn’t topstitch the seam allowances of the neckband down.

The fabric once again came from the Stoffenspektakel. It has a lovely texture that sort of reminds me of vintage crochet; I love it!

I don’t have a lot more to say about that dress which is essentially a T-shirt (and I think my sixth version of the Renfrew pattern) so I’ll leave it at that. See you next week!

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4 thoughts on “Retro Stripes

  1. It’s funny how photos can sometimes reveal issues and other times hide them. Apart from the pooling, it *looks* like it fits pretty well—I wouldn’t have guessed it was too tight in some places and too loose in others. But of course it’s ultimately about how it feels to wear. I’m glad you’re getting lots of use out of it anyway, because the fabric texture is so interesting!

    • Oh it’s actually not really too tight/loose: the only real problem is indeed the pooling at the back; the rest was just my first impression when I first looked in the mirror, not being used to seeing myself in that dress shape! 🙂
      And yes, it would have been a shame letting such a cool fabric go to waste!

  2. What a stunning fabric, and the simple T-shirt shape fits perfectly, despite the pooling. Besides you probably move around in it, at which point no-one notices. Amazing neckband.

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