Being tall has its perks sometimes. You get can reach the top shelf without a stool. You usually get to see things without obstruction when at sporting events or concerts. You're easy to spot in crowd. For all of the perks, though, you get to live a life of struggling to find things that actually fit you.
I'm 5'10". Not tall enough to be in the six foot club, but tall enough to have issues with inseams and accidentally mooning people. While finding pants is a nightmare, finding a good, comfortable day dress with my body type is akin to torture. Even though I sewed a lot growing up, it wasn't something I did to fill the gaps in my wardrobe. I sewed for 4-H projects, not for clothing. Suffice to say, after years of this, I lost any interest I had in sewing.
Although I returned to sewing a few years ago, I still didn't sew my own clothing. I think that I thought I wasn't capable of it, or that if I sewed my own clothing, I wouldn't look good in it. It took another year and discovering PDF patterns for me to get over it. In November, I stocked up on a bunch of patterns during post-Thanksgiving sales. I'd been lusting after Moneta for a long time and I finally got the nerve up to sew one.
I chose a brown ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. For some reason, I've been wanting a brown dress for a while. While I love the finished result, part of me can't help but think of The Sound of Music. I'm just a few cream colored sleeves away from Do-Re-Mi-ing in the Alps. I realized that I need to dress up the dress with a long necklace or another lively accessory, otherwise it can be dowdy in a heartbeat.
Because I started this blog, I realized that I needed photographs of me in the dress, which meant teaching my husband how to take good photos. The photo above is one he took of me while trying to educate him on what pictures should look like. It actually is one of the best showing the fit of the dress. Gotta love candid photos. The sleeves were easy to sew, as were the in-seam pockets. In a technical sense, the pattern was extremely simple and the directions were easy to follow. However, if you didn't have a serger, it could be a bit more complicated. In all, I'd definitely recommend a casual sewist to try the pattern.
My dress took a little over two yards of fabric and took about a week of sewing after work to complete.
The pattern cost 11.20 and the fabric cost $2.50 a yard. I also had to go to Wal-Mart and get some more thread, which cost $6. Total cost of the project was $24.70.