Originally, I decided on the Anna pattern from By Hand London. My decision was based solely on the fact that I adore the pattern and felt it would motivate me to crank out a few more. Um. Yeah. Not so much.
Having only made 3 Annas at that point, I felt that I'd get funny looks around the office, even if I got incredibly creative with layering. "Nice skirt, Kelli, but why the cable knit sweater? It's 82 degrees out today"... So I went back to Jane and switched up to Simplicity 2444. I already had a few straight up ones made, and a couple of hacked versions, so over the course of the week I finished up a couple more and was off and running. So without further ado, here's my week:
Day 1 - Saturday
I was in the throes of an awful flu, but managed to drag myself out of bed around 11am and get prettied up to spend a couple of hours at ManetteFest (a local neighborhood festival). The weather was gorgeous, but I still only managed a brief stroll before I parked myself at the local watering hole and waited for John to finish visiting. This is a hacked version of 2444 - my first Frankendress. After the festival I proceeded to spend the next 12+ hours in bed.
|My "please hurry up and take the picture" face|
Day 2 - Sunday
Sunday was a complete wash. I was too sick and spent the day in pjs - here's a pic of the dress that I would have worn. It's my first 2444 and is straight from the pattern, down to the skirt.
|Accessorized with my comfy quilt|
Day 3 - Monday
Monday I was still feeling poorly, but made it to work looking at least somewhat alive. This is 2444 with an a-line skirt; I was experimenting with mixing fabrics. The skirt is lined because the polka dot quilting cotton was pretty cheap and too see through to go without. I was working on finishing this up the week before the challenge (I had it most of the way done weeks ago and got bored).
|Lots of filtering on this one so I look less frightening|
Day 4 - Tuesday
Tuesday and feeling more human. This is my second 2444 and some of my favorite fabric. I love the colors and the Chinese parasols; it's a bright and cheery dress and I've worn it quite a bit.
|Bathroom selfie - adds an extra touch of class to any photo|
Day 5 - Wednesday
I waited until I got home to get a pic of Wednesday. By mid-week I started to feel too blah again from the flu to really put much effort into the photo, but I love the dress. This is a modified 2444 (I lowered the neckline quite a bit at this point) made with a gathered skirt. It's Michael Miller Eiffel Tower fabric in the bright red color. The shoes are adorable and I got them in a screaming good sale from Miss L Fire - I'll take better pics of them at some point.
|Yeah, whatever, this shot's fine.|
Thursday was hair cut day - hooray! I recycled the Frankendress and mixed it up with a different cardigan. I also was up to wearing heels at this point in the week - these are also from Miss L Fire.
|Post styling photo at the salon|
I managed to get a new, unblogged dress finished up for the end of the challenge. I'll do a write up after I get back from my work conference (and get better pics), but this is my Red Riding Hood themed dress, made up in my 2444 based Frankenpattern.
Bonus dress - Friday evening
I donned the Monster Mash dress for Friday night. Lesson learned, kiddos. PREWASH YOUR FABRIC. In my zeal to sew up this fabric, I did not prewash, and it's now incredibly tight. Not unwearable, but I certainly notice that 1/4" I lost in shrinkage.
|There's a weird smudge on the mirror, hence the Vaseline-esque filter|
And there we have it! Thanks to Jane for hosting - this was a blast to participate in. I'm looking forward to reading through everyone's successes.