Usually around this time of year I get all wound up in a spring creation that always ends up 'too-cute-for-its-own-good.' Think pastels, ruffles, matching hat....right down the rabbit hole! There's still plenty of spring ahead so it might happen, but not today.
Today I decided to do something that didn't require too much decision making, and would be a gentle nudge in the direction of my sewing room. A bit of instant sewing gratification.
I have an alpaca sweater that has been looking for an outfit for a couple of years. It is a cropped style that fits close around the middle. I thought I would like it with jeans and a long shirt tail, but not so much...and I have tried several versions with no joy. I was just about to give up but just couldn't bring myself to put it in the Goodwill box, not yet. I thought maybe I would try it with a dress of some sort.
I thought a dress that fit fairly close with a high waist so it would't compete with the cropped length of the sweater. Not wanting to mess around making my T-shirt into a straight dress (remember the 'no decision' rule!) I found a pattern in my stash that looked like it would work. I hadn't used the pattern before so I did make a trial balloon to see how it would fit...and...pleasant surprise...the only change I made was to drop the bust dart!
I had pulled a piece of wool jersey that I liked with the sweater a while ago so that decision was already made. It is a lovely Smartwool mill end, one of my favorite fabrics. And just because it was feeling almost too simple, I decided a scarf would be nice. For that I found a scrap of sheer silk and a goldish crepe de chine that looked awful with the wool and the sweater until they were layered together...then they worked quite nicely.
The whole thing took about an hour...so about as close to instant gratification as it gets.
AND I actually like the dress and sweater combo...finally, so I guess the sweater will dodge the Goodwill box this time!