It arrived all the way from Rome. It's fabulous quality, soft and easy to work with. She calls it "acid green" I called it avocado. The inside of a nearly overripe avocado.
I'd originally planned to make a sundress out of it—waiting for a tan that would flatter the avocado color. But alas, in the gloomy Bay Area, the knit just sat there. But finally, inspiration met matter: It would become a pretty sleepy thing, where comfort and quality of fabric trumps color (I think). The irony is: I'll probably wear it more often.
|Dress crumpled and face sleepy: Morning!|
I took the Victory Patterns Lola because 1) I love the way the dress feels on me, all those princess seams! and 2) the banded hem might solve my nightie problems -- waking up nearly naked because the whole thing has shimmied to my armpits.
Here's what I did:
- left off the sleeves and pockets and adapted the bodice using a yoga tank pattern I've had in my arsenal for a decade (New Look 6265)
- cut the bodice pieces twice, using one as a facing.
- sewed the bodice/facing combo to the skirt in a single piece
- widened the hemband by 2 1/4 inches on the fold and lengthened it by an inch
- Took in the bodice seams -- from 1/4 to 1/2 inch
- The adapted bodice was too wide, hence a pleat in the middle. Not perfect but it's okay.
- The hem band doesn't really stop it from shimmying up -- but I generally like the look and might use the wider band on future Lolas
- Love sleeping and lounging in knits!
- The spaghetti straps + skirt make it so easy to layer with sweaters and socks
In other news, exhaustion's set in a bit. Work deadlines and volunteer deadlines and weekend trips and decluttering like a madwoman. I'm finishing up the world's ugliest, most unwearable sweater after three months of labor. If I had my way, I'd lay around and read all day in my nightie.
Wishing you all lots of lounging! :) x