After seeing Rae’s recent maxi-dress, I was reminded that I had an unfinished item glaring at me in my sewing room, with fabric purchased from way back when she first posted about this great striped knit.
I’m calling this my Carpool Dress, since it’s a comfy yet ladylike dress that one might wear if one carpooled. Which we actually don’t, because our station wagon doesn’t fit three carseats/boosters across the back. Oops. Should have checked that out when we bought it!
Apologies for the wrinkles. I took the photos after a full day of life with kids, including a nap with the toddler, bike ride to the cafe, cooking dinner (recipe from this fab cookbook) and bath time. But hey, I can still look half-way decent after doing all that stuff, so this dress is a winner!
My original incarnation had a dirndl-style gathered skirt, which was poorly attached and in all other ways unattractive. (Gah! I always forget to take photos of stuff that doesn’t work. Next time!) I had drafted the bodice and spent some time fitting it so I was loathe to just throw in the towel when the skirt failed. And so it sat on my pile of fabric until I needed a reason to procrastinate [from working on the pants]. After cutting off the other skirt, I used the skirt pieces from this dress, placing the center front on the fold and adding my standard pockets.
The back was a little more unfitted than I prefer, so I zig-zagged in some elastic and then added a self-fabric belt. The belt is stitched down at the sides so I don’t have to fiddle with it all day.
One thing I absolutely love about this dress (other than it feels like I’m wearing a nightgown) is that the top is lined!
The bodice was cut in both outer and lining fabric and the shoulder seams were sewn for both. Then, I attached outer to lining at the neckline, stitching all the way around. I flipped them the correct way, pressed to keep them in place and sewed the rest of bodice (sleeves and side seams) as if it were a single piece of fabric (I may have finished the edges to keep them together (forgive my memory, it’s been a while!)).