The Sew Weekly theme this time around was a fairly loosey-goosey "Perfect Summer Dress". You would think that between the two '40s dresses I have hanging up almost completed, the '60s linen shift I have cut out and the caftan I've already marked, I would be able to whip something up in a couple of hours. But nothing seemed to catch my fancy. Then I read Mena's post on xoJane about making the Sassy Magazine Pillow Case dress from 1992. If you were a teen or young adult in the '90s, you probably loved Sassy. Like I did:
(Yeah, that's me back in 1993 reading Sassy. Sorry for the crap photo-of-a-photo,
but I don't have a scanner anymore.)
Now Jane Pratt has launched xoJane, and if you haven't seen it yet, go look now. Go on; I'll wait until you get back.
And so I was suddenly gripped with the urge to make a pillowcase dress too. I had a big blue batik pillowcase from Value Village that would probably work. I should mention that I have a weird affinity for anything blue and batik. I don't know why. Here are a few shots from around my house, but believe me, there is more evidence of my strange obsession around here somewhere:
Tablecloth from India that I use as a sofa cover
Detail of a jacket I bought 8 years ago in Saigon, in a great shop called Sapa Fashions. They use tribal textile scraps to embellish modern pieces. I also have a red silk skirt with silver bells and Hmong embroidery on the hem that I bought at this shop.
This is a length of printed fabric that I got in South Africa a few years ago that I turned into a wall hanging for my daughter's room.
See what I mean? I must have had some kind of indigo batik bed cover as a kid, and it has crept into my subconscious as The Perfect Textile. Anyway, back to the Sassy pillowcase dress. I basically just took my favourite neckline and traced it onto the top of the pillowcase, traced the armholes and tilted the shoulder seams a little bit (about 30 degrees).
Then I just had to take it in a bit on the sides and finish the neck and armholes with pre-made bias tape, et voilà. Before you scroll down any further, let me warn you that it is short. I mean the length is OK for standing up and taking a photo, but you Moms know that we spend about 75% of our time either bent over or picking something up, and like Celie, I'm not one to show off the good china anymore.
"No Tashi, I don't want the piece of your popscicle that fell on the floor."
Lulu and Tashi both get in on the shot.
"Please don't touch Mama's camera with those sticky popscicle fingers!"
Those photos starting to delve into Beangirl territory. So then I had to resort to my usual photo in front of the bookshelf shot that I do every week ;)
The only way I'm wearing this out in public is with leggings or my nice white linen trousers that are in the wash right now. So I can't rightly call this "The Perfect Summer Dress"; maybe The Perfect Summer Tunic. Hell, I'm going to post it to Sew Weekly anyway.
Yay! I made the Sassy Pillowcase Dress from a Value Village 99cent pillowcase! and I didn't even catch lice or gonorrhea!