Over our Christmas break everyone but me managed to be sick in one way or the other. Isn't that always the way it goes! Fortunately, it wasn't the flu like last year and they all waited to get sick until after Christmas and after our travels and family visits! Of course, it would have been nice had everyone just been healthy over a holiday break for once. It did, however give us all a week to chill out. Really, it was nice. Instead of running around here and there the kids had a chance to play with their new toys, build legos, play games...and I, occasionally had an opportunity to sneak in a little sewing!
In my stash and on my mind since the summer...lime green rayon challis from Imagine Gnats...Violet snuck her head in while I was sewing and asked me what I was making, "a dress" to which she replied, "why?"
Well, because I've had this rayon challis for months now! Originally it was to be a another staple dress similar to this one. Then I thought, perhaps, a sleeveless Josephine blouse to layer for the late summer/fall. Then, I planned to make something for Christmas... Well of course, there was no time for that! In fact, as usual, I was so rushed getting dressed for Christmas Eve that I barely thought about what I was wearing until I was tossing it on!
So, the answer for little Violet...was because I'd been wanting to make this dress (of some sort or the other) for a long time and I wanted to squeeze it in before the year was over!
I did end up making a Josephine but with sleeves and the tunic length rather than a blouse. I really love my first Josephine and have been wanting to make another for quite some time now. Aside from the pleating, which was pretty much a huge pain in the neck with the rayon challis (!) it is a rather straight forward and simple sew. Of course, I find sewing anything with rayon challis to be more challenging than it usually is, but the reward...
A soft and flowy and amazingly comfortable garment, is so worth it! Mind you, it does tend to wrinkle a bit.
I was thrilled by the way it turned out, but two things...I worry that it's a little too "dressy" for my average day to day, but that's okay there's always date night, right? Also, it seems, maybe a bit too short to be a dress...
My sister assured me that it wasn't (she's in her 20s though!), and I think that with dark tights it probably is okay, but my dream of a pretty flowing spring green dress with flats is probably not going to happen. I think it's the same length as my other one, but because it's rayon and it moves a lot more than double gauze, it's just a little too flippy to be okay for a mama in her thirties! Especially in the back!
I'm not terribly worried about it all though. I will happily wear it with dark tights and feel "ultra hip" doing so...don't tell me if I don't. I will feel super comfortable while doing so...and, on the non date night days where I ought to show just a little less leg?...
I've always got my Birkins to wear with it!
Here's to squeezing in a bit of unfinished sewing business in the last days of the year. Here's to loving the outcome. And, here's to a family who's too busy enjoying other things around the house to really even notice you were sewing!