At the end of January and the very beginning of February I found myself fervently sewing up a few things...birthday gifts, of sorts, for me.
I have to say that initially I wasn't quite sold on the Farrow. I think it was the pockets that were throwing me off. To me, it felt like in many instances that the pockets pulled out and away from the dress too much, making it seem a little too frumpy for my liking. But then I saw this dress for the no pockets tutorial. I had already fallen in love with Jen's white pocketless wedding version so I thought I'd give a pocketless Farrow a try.
I used a fine wale corduroy from my stash. It's a nice soft grey with the tiniest little white polka dots scattered on it.
I didn't want the dress to be too stiff and wanted it have some flow, the light weight of the corduroy gives the dress a nice drape, while also keeping me warm (it was going to be a frigid birthday weekend)!
I made the size four according to my bust measurements but I wish, I think, that I had made the size two instead...next time I think.
I also, totally missed a step and forgot to add the seam allowance (I think that's what I did wrong, it's been a while now since I sewed it!) after removing the pocket pattern piece and had a mismatched front and back. I made it work by adding a little "pleat" (that's what I'm calling it) to the back.
I really love this dress though! I am looking forward to making it in a rayon challis or something similar and perhaps lined as well.
Casual as in no makeup with the messiest of top-knots for your daughter's ninth birthday party...when you may or may not have just tossed it on moments before her friends arrived over top your sports bra and running undies, un-showered and post 19 mile run...yeah, perfect for moments like those!
But hey, it was my birthday dress...and there was a birthday party going on! So, while the kids ate mini chicken pot-pies on the deck for lunch, I deemed that the perfect time to snag some pictures, make up or not!
You take what you can get right?