When I started my capsule wardrobe project at the beginning of March, I made plans to copycat one of my most worn dresses. I decided to leave out the turtleneck because I didn’t want to buy a new pattern, and instead decided to extend the length of the plantain tee to mimic the shape of the dress.
To alter the pattern into a dress, I just extended the lines at the sides with a ruler, and re-traced the hem at the bottom. I was going to straighten out the hem all the way around, but I decided I liked the little shirt tail at the back. The hem is raw, and all other edges are finished with hem bands.
When I finished this dress, I wasn’t 100% sold on it, and it almost didn’t make it to the blog. I’ve been struggling a lot recently with blogging some comfy, less-flattering makes and feeling like I just don’t look put together enough for a post. Plus, I’m not totally happy with the clingy-ness of the fabric and wish I had exaggerated the flare of the skirt just a little more.
Oh, and it’s April and it SNOWED today and yesterday so I have zero motivation to take outdoor photos. Really Mother Nature?
Today, I decided to put all of that aside because honestly, most days this is what I look like. Minimal makeup, (but always lipstick of some sort!) slightly wrinkled, and air-dried hair. I live in ankle boots and dresses. Easy.
This was one of the easiest things I’ve made in a while, and although it’s not perfect, it’s exactly what I needed more of in my wardrobe. When you spend your Monday chasing 60 8 year olds around the museum on a field trip, you need a dress like this. I’m calling it a win for that reason alone!
Hopefully it’s not snowing where you are 🙂
Side note: I’m officially obsessed with the plantain. It’s SUCH a good fit!
Pattern: Plantain from Deer and Doe
Fabric: Nicole Miller knit from Paron Fabrics
Alterations: lengthened by about 15 inches.