Normally I am a t-shirt and jeans girl. But lately I have been heavily influenced by the new autumn items at Modcloth, by Peneloping and her creativity, by Jess’s style in New Girl, and by Clara’s style in Doctor Who. I have been impatiently waiting for autumn and cool weather so I can wear skirts and dresses with tights and leggings (I do not like my legs bare so tend to wear a lot of hiking pants in summer since jeans are too hot).
Red is usually not a staple color in my wardrobe. I’m rather drab with mostly blacks, grays, and darker tones. But I have been gravitating towards bright colors to help with my mood (which has been somewhat down lately). Jess’ red dress in New Girl is just what I need.
I used practically the same patterns Peneloping did (Burda 7309 for the bodice, Burda 7739 for the sleeves, and Simplicity 1873 for the skirt). I didn’t intend to; I was going to use just the Burda for the bodice but the pattern(s) I wanted to use for the skirt were not going to work out. Also, using Burda 7739 for the sleeves made them puffier than I intended but I like the effect.
Normally I wear my skirts a little below my knees because I have ugly knees. But I hemmed this one to just above the knee since longer made it seem dowdy.
Since I don’t wear a lot of bright colors (my complexion is more suited to muted, darker colors), I intend to wear this dress with accessories to tone it down. I am already knitting a Marion cropped cardigan in a light gray wool and it’s going very quickly.
I already have an idea how to put together an outfit with this dress come next Valentine’s Day despite the fact that I am single and will be spending it at home with my cats. At least I will look nice for work. :3