This is the dress that the sewing blog community made happen--thanks, y'all.
I posted a couple weeks ago that I was frustrated with this dress. If you remember, I was asking whether I should put a bow at center front waist or whether I should put them on the shoulder straps. I was at a loss since my original plan of making a tiki dress just was. not. working. and I was at a loss for how to style the dress mid-project.
I'd been saving the fabric forever (literally years) planning on making a 50s/60s tiki dress with it. I finally thought I had figured out how to make a little sarong-style drape (thanks, pinterest) and hacked up a pattern piece and pinned on my fabric and it was not what I was looking for and looked really boring! I had given up on my tiki dreams and was debating sheath vs. full skirt when all you lovely people chimed in with "tiki! tiki!"
All I needed was a little extra motivation to figure out that draping, and y'all provided it. I'm so glad you did--I persevered and I think the final product looks great.
I wore it to my friend's wedding in Minnesota (usually not a tiki paradise) but the weather all weekend was amazing: 80F (which is about 27C for international readers), sunny, and breezy. I lived in Minnesota ages 10-18 and I didn't love it but now, every time I visit I want to move back immediately. It's soooo nice there... in the summer. (For people who aren't familiar with the American Midwest, Minneapolis is pretty darn cold in the winter.)
My husband Alex was thrilled because the guy working at the car rental place agreed to give us a convertible for the weekend for only $10 extra a day and we cruised around in a red Camaro for the weekend. It was so great.
After all that, I didn't end up putting the bows on the shoulder or center front waist; it is at the top of my sarong where I wanted it in the first place. I do agree that it blends into the waist, and I really liked the shoulder bows, but I really thought it needed to go at the gathering!
However, I have taken all your opinions into account (which were I think unanimously in favor of shoulder bows!) so you can expect to see some other project with a shoulder bow detail in the future.
dress bodice: Simplicity 5343, 1963 (see also here, yes! it's the bodice of my wedding dress!) | dress skirt: McCall's 7704, 1965 (see also here) | shoes: jack rogers (just like I mentioned in monday's post!) | bag: bosom buddies
ps: my friend looked gorgeous (seriously gorgeous) and it was a SUPER fun wedding--we did all kinds of line dancing! alex and i also just had a great weekend... you'll see another outfit post from minnesota next week, too.