The gridline drop waist dress

 
 
 

Did you really want to see another drop waist dress? Well to be completely honest, I thought I’d moved on from them myself. I’m really fickle with fashion. I love something intensely for a brief period, but if it remains in my field of vision for too long I get bored and start looking elsewhere for the next sparkly trend. My problem with the drop waist is that they are just so comfortable that I wear them every other day, to the extent that I get sick of the sight of myself. I have drop waist overload. Can you see my point?

http://lilysageandco.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-winter-malvarosa.html

And let’s not forget the one that started this whole obsession…

http://lilysageandco.blogspot.com/2013/12/drop-waist-obsession.html


So now I feel like I should show you how I ended up sewing yet another drop waist. Firstly, I spotted this amazing dress on Pinterest, as worn by Olivia Palermo in the picture below. There’s something about those widely spaced gridlines and the unexpected seamlines that make my heart beat a little faster. If I could get my hands on that fabric, there’d be a knock-off in my wardrobe as we speak.

Soon after, Rachel from House of Pinheiro showed off her amazing Parisian dress. This was all the confirmation I needed. The fabric I used was already in my stash and part of it was upcycled from a long, shirt dress that I made some time ago. Reckless past-Debbie didn’t pre-wash the fabric and the shirt dress shrank a little too much for comfort. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson on that front.


 
 
 
 

The pattern I used was Simplicity 1366 again, a Cynthia Rowley pattern. I simply lengthened it and matched the side width with my self-drafted, drop waist pattern. The skirt is part circle and part haphazard wedge. It’s quite obvious that I paid little regard to line matching. I tried to place the skirt seams in a symmetrical fashion and match the side and arm seams where I could, but I had such a small amount of fabric to work with that I just had to place the pieces where I could. I don’t think they look too bad.

  

 

 
 

10 thoughts on “The gridline drop waist dress

  1. The piecing on the skirt looks really intentional with the grid print! Love windowpane fabric & drop waist dresses so I am a huge fan of this dress. Feeling very inspired to try something similar…

  2. Must. Stop. With. The. Drop. Waist! Just joking, you look fab as usual. I’m with Sarah, my body shape would be disastrous in this style. Love the pattern placement!

  3. blogger keeps eating my comments, sorry if this repeats… but this is probably my favorite of your drop waist makes! bring on the loose and swingy!

  4. You should make ALL the drop waist dresses, they look fabulous. Your name came up in a sewing conversation on the weekend and we were all in universal admiration of you for being so fearless and fashion forward and as a result having an entirely envious wardrobe!

    1. Thank you!!! I’ve been watching with great jealousy all the Shibori dyeing fun you guys have been having. I hope you’re all still at it when we eventually get back so I can join in too 😉

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