So, I've been poncing about in rectangles of fabric again... calling them clothes....
...got me thinking about dresses.
And in usual fashion, this is the toile (muslin) for the idea, made in fabric that I bought for $1 per metre (although it's actually ex-(swanky)-designer fabric).
I tried it in the double-sided knit that I bought at Addicted To Fabric, but I didn't have quite enough to get the right drapey effect.... and I didn't photograph it. It'll be recycled into something fabulous, at a later date...as is the way of things not-quite-right around here....
..and I'm wearing the toile.
Since it's actually winter here, this dress has only seen the light of day under this wrap cardigan... and usually a scarf and coat on top of that. Shame... I quite like the toga effect, and nobody sees it.
There was much knitting of green cotton yarn to make a dress-length version like the knitted top in the photo up there... but it all ended in tears (and the undoing of nearly 3 metres of machine knitted fabric). One dropped stitch..... I won't dwell on it... But I haven't had the heart to start again yet.
I'll be playing with more pattern-free design over the next few weeks, in preparation for my Pattern-Free Garment workshop at GJ's fabrics at the end on the month and for my 4-day workshop extravaganza scheduled for Grampians Texture next year. Gosh, I may even get around to blogging it.
I'm fully aware that this particular style isn't for everyone, and I want to assure you that there are many, many other options for pattern-free stylin'... It's all about working with the fabric around your own shape, making designs that fit and flatter, and you can make skirts, tops, dresses, jackets and wraps. It's quite endless, once you get a feel for it, and it's LOADS of fun.