Will you please take a look at this retro cuteness?!
This is the Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated. I bought it months ago, thinking it would be a good project to try as a beginner (it was!). It seemed simple enough to learn from and wearable enough to attempt. The shape seemed a bit frumpy to me, so I tried to counter that with a funky fabric (Anna Maria Horner). I purchased this and prepared it about months ago and then it sat. Cut, unattended...for five months (maybe more?). Now that we are moving in a few weeks' time, I have a renewed drive to finish my WIPs (Work(s) In Progress, to the uninitiated). The idea of moving cut fabric seems unwise, so it gave me the push I needed to finish this dress.
As I sewed, I worried about the funky fabric. I worried about the frumpy style. I wondered what I was doing! And then...voila! It all came together and I am so happy and proud! I needed a picture to show you all, and my girl was desperate to be the photographer with "Mama's big camera". I really enjoy the Alice in Wonderland effect of my tall self photographed from down low. Taller than the door frames! It must be the heels.
The sleeves can be elasticated, but I think I'll leave that out. The length is borderline for me (I feel that I need a pair of these). This dress can be made shorter to wear as a tunic. At my height (5'10"), it's practically a tunic at the dress length. If I make it again, I'll need to add or subtract accordingly, but I am happy with the mini-dress look in this retro fabric.
I sewed a dress! Hooray!