the drop-drapey dress

Interrupting the Norway series for a big announcement: I sewed a dress. No, really. Sat down, got out my pattern box and paper, drafted, cut and sewed all in one weekend. This hasn’t happened for about…6 months? Way too long a time to be away from the sewing machine!
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
(Here’s a tip:don’t bend one knee while being photographed straight on. It’ll make it look as if you had two different length legs…)
I’m still hopelessly into 1920’s drop-waist fashion. The Great Gatsby hasn’t helped in getting me out of it. Also I’ve been admiring the lovely shift dresses from Ruche but then the real inspiration for this dress came from Zara’s red drape dress. So beautiful (if only it weren’t in polyester!).
Then Lauren posted a series of gorgeous Scout Tee’s and that got me going. I pulled out the Scout pattern and got to work making it into a dress and adding some drape detail.
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
My cat helped with the cutting (not). Um, yes, I use CD’s as pattern weights. Beatles and Gianna Nannini rock.
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
The fabric is a lovely flowy rayon. I had two rayons in my stash and I love how fluid and silky they are. And such a pleasure to sew. While my last sewing attempts in winter had me frustrated, this little dress came together so effortlessly and easily.
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
I’ll be the first to admit it doesn’t look like much on a hanger. You can’t really see the shape and the drape detail.
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
I love how it looks worn though! It’s just what I envisioned, though the drapey part is a lot less pronounced than in the original.
drop waist drape dress. tidytipsy
I have very few florals but this versatile little dress will be a great addition to my wardrobe. It will be perfect both for cooler summer days as well as spring and fall with tights and a cardi.

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12 thoughts on “the drop-drapey dress

  1. laricci smunch

    Yay! I’m so glad to see you sewing, I love this dress, and I’m so glad my scout tees got you going! Really impressed that you turned that pattern into a DRESS.

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    1. Kristina

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve had the idea of the dress in my head for quite a while but couldn’t figure out where to start until I saw your tees and thought ‘duh, I have that pattern and it would be perfect’! It’s ridiculously easy to turn into a dress, the hard part was the slash-and-spread for the drapey part.

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  2. erin

    It’s a lovely, lovely dress. The small floral print works well with this design and the sleeves are the perfect length. I would love to sew a dress like this πŸ™‚

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    1. Kristina

      Thank you and yes, they absolutely do! It’s like they wait around all day for you to lay something new on the floor (for them only of course), haha πŸ™‚

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