The While He Slept Dress

I’m calling this lil’ number the Tashenka While He Slept Dress as I made her, from cutting to wearing, in 2.5 hours while my boyfriend Etienne napped.

Etienne got a case of the Post-Sunday-Brunch-Itis and after having worked a 17 hour catering shift the previous day, I was left to my own devices that afternoon as he slept. Before grocery shopping and preparing dinner, I felt a wave of inspiration roll over me and found myself on my studio floor cutting fabric for yet another dress. Quelle surprise!?

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For the bodice, I worked with the same brown floral fabric I used for the bottom of my mom’s gathered skirt dress. It’s thin, soft and has a comfortable stretch to it. For the skirt, I opted for a more medium-weight navy blue stretchy knit.

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I don’t have many hiccups to report this time around. The joining of the fabrics at the waist is becoming easier to execute and the measurements added up flawless this time around. No adjustments necessary- I didn’t have to use my stitch-ripper once! Woohooo!! I’m still getting used to working with interfacing. I love using it, it truly does make a difference in providing structure to thin and unruly/rolling fabrics however I do find it a little tricky to control so it doesn’t bunch in the folds. Perhaps I’m not pressing it enough with the iron before sewing it in place?

I initially envisioned this fall number paired with tights, maybe a cardigan or blazer and my favourite pair of Oxfords however it works just as well barelegged with sandals or flats during these sunny September days.

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