It’s been (purple) raining for weeks here now.
I usually love rainy days at home, but this week Coco has been sick with crazy fevers, thus hanging on me like a baby orangutan 24/7. Like, if I move my face .07 cm away from hers while we’re sleeping together, she will sit straight up, right out her deep sweaty slumber and whine/cry/moan until I press my cheek back to hers.
The perks are high for a sewing person when you’re stuck at home. When Coco isn’t noticing, I’ve been sneaking back to my machine and get several things made or patterns cut out.
This is the Out and About Dress, by Sew Caroline.
Sometimes, I’ll sit on a pattern for a long time (in this case, a year) looking at other people’s versions on a regular basis- like I’m just not ready to “go there” for some reason. Not that this pattern is challenging at all- in fact, it’s a great beginner pattern. But, There was something about this dress that I didn’t love, and after spending lots of time looking around, I finally realized what it was.
The front and back necklines both just seemed to high for me. I’m definitely not a flashy dresser, but a lot of the ones I saw just seemed… too covered up around the neck?
Once I came across Kelli’s beautiful version, where she opened the back up more, I knew that’s what it needed. I could’ve gone with a bit of a deeper neckline for the back actually, and I’d probably like it even more. But, I am really happy with how this turned out for the most part. I scooped out about 3/4″ from the front neckline, and probably about 1 1/2 inches away from the back.
(I swear the pigeon-toed pose is accidental up there, but I know sister Caroline is loving it… right, Caro?)
Elbow length sleeves are my favorite, but I don’t own any garments that have them! Need to fix that, stat. They’re comfy, and I think they make everybody’s arms look good no matter what.
I used a drapey rayon blend knit, and added several inches of length- maybe 4? I also sewed clear elastic into the waistband when I was attaching the skirt to the bodice. It seems to have been a smart move so far. It just feels nice and stable.
I’m happy with this pattern- I would probably make some minor tweaks the second time around, but I would definitely recommend this.
So far I have worn my Out and About dress out and about to several places. One being jury duty. Which I’ll be serving (every other wednesday) for a YEAR!!!
I know, I know.
Feel bad for me now.