So I'm going to finish the black doubleknit Simplicity jacket first and in the meantime, I've thought of some changes to it that will, of course, make it different than the envelope cover...but then it wouldn't be my garment if I didn't change it up, right?
And I'm going to make one more version of my TNT dress out of the embroidered plaid tropical wool fabric...which inspired me to go back and put together a pictorial of all the dresses I've made using this pattern. You can see them in this flickr album. I was a little taken aback to realize that since 2004, I've made 40 dresses using this pattern and that's not including the ones that didn't work out. Anyone remember "The Cheerleader Dress" and the colossial failure of The Architectural Dress?! But most amazingly, all but 2 or 3 of these dresses is still in my wardrobe and still being worn!
Here is one of the very first dresses that I made using the new and improved pattern:
I bought the fabric from Paron Fabrics. I remember that I paid $75 for 5 yards of vanilla wool crepe. My thought was to make a dress and a jacket from the fabric. I think I only made the dress...but I do remember that this was a huge chunk of my paycheck at the time...and the dress was very special to me!
Next are my favorite top five dresses from this pattern:
The Chanel Dress
The Dior Dress
The Chadwicks Dress
Variation on a Theme Dress
The Macy's Dress
Honorable mention goes to the navy blue princess seamed dress from this year's SWAP...
Even though I've used my TNT dress pattern to knock off a few dresses, I love that it worked for these that are special just because of the fabric:
My Little Black Dress
The Museum Inspired Dress
The Black 'n White Dress
(or LindsayT's choice)
The Printed Pleated Dress
The Ralph Lauren Dress
I have sliced and diced this pattern. I have made it from bright colors, prints, plaids, wools, silks, linens and cottons. I have piped it, embellished it, lined it and sewn it as is. But mostly I can't believe that I've made 40 dresses from this pattern...and after this weekend 41.
...as always, more later!