Saturday, May 30, 2015
Me Made Maya Denim Dress by Marilla Walker
So let's celebrate Me Made Maya instead!
Pattern: Maya Dress / Top by Marilla Walker in size 2 with curved hems and 2 pockets at hip level
Fabric: A 1.65m remnant of Randal lightweight denim from Sherwoods Fabrics (£15.67) Gorgeously soft high-quality stuff. Love it.
Other: 6 vintage buttons found in a biscuit in the Gairoch Charities Shop, Inverurie, 10p for 6 :)
I made most of this dress last weekend, but had a button crisis (again!) when I realised that the shell buttons I planned to use were far too fragile for the weight of the fabric.
After a rummage in my button box, I found these sturdier vintage plastic (casein?) buttons and decided they were perfect... except there were only six of them. Spacing them evenly down the placket meant they were 15cm apart, which is a helluva gap for a functional buttonhole to support!
So I stepped away from the project for a week while I pondered.
The solution was obvious.
Having already made a Maya Top, I knew this garment would pop over my head without any need to unfasten the buttons.
So I stitched along the placket edge, leaving a small flap at the bottom to give the illusion of a shirt-dress opening.
Stand back - I'm going to gush!
After a winter huddled up in the high-necked Camber dresses I made out of flannel, I was looking for a new uniform for spring / summer.
I love my Robe Alexia, but the style is almost too simple. It works for me because of the print on the double gauze. But what I really wanted was a plain-coloured, dark denim dress. A no-fuss, everyday, pop it on and don't think about it dress.
This is it! I have found my new uniform!
I am confident that I can put this on in the dark, slip my feet into my DM's and get out of the door fast!
And the way things have been at work recently, I need the comfort of knowing I can leap out of bed, shower, breakfast, dress and still be in the office by 8am looking semi-respectable. (OK, that's an exaggeration - my choice of footwear will still get the side-eye from the Boss!)
Will I make another Maya?
Absolutely definitely certainly!
Happy Me Made Maya everyone!