I promised you something impressive. Hopefully this week's craft won't disappoint.
I had two yards of stretchy navy fabric that needed to either be used or donated. I believe I paid something like $6 for it. Here's what I came up with:
What? Not impressive enough?! I admit that waistline does have a bit of a 70's mu-mu vibe going on. Not exactly flattering, especially on my body type. The overly interested cat doesn't do the whole look any favours either. But look what happens when I cinch it in and pin the excess with a brooch:
You might be surprised to discover that this dress required only the most basic of sewing skills and no pattern. If you want to make one yourself, here's a good tutorial for a kids' version (for an adult size, just make the fabric wider and longer--not rocket science, I promise!): http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/pillowcase-dress-tutorial.html
Technical notes: I also attempted a shorter version of this dress in a non-stretchy cotton fabric. It was okay, but I much preferred the way this stretchy one hung on me, and with a stretch knit, you have the added bonus of not having to hem the thing because it won't fray. Hooray for laziness! I like the feel of this one much better too. That said, I need all my clothes to feel like I'm wearing an oversized t-shirt, so I might be being a little nit-picky here. Also, some stretch fabrics are very hard to sew with, so you have to weigh the pros and cons.
And now the pressure's on to complete teacher gifts and town fair entries. If I'm successful, I should have all kinds of things to show you next week, not to mention a full account of our latest natural disaster! Stay tuned!