My September “Make My Stash” fabric choice was a really beautiful cut of soft, warm sand colored knit with just a hint of gold metallic thread woven throughout. I purchased this from Measure Fabric in 2021, always thinking it would make the perfect “secret pajamas” wedding guest dress, but I didn’t have a particular pattern in mind at the time. Nor was I in need of a wedding guest dress! So of course, onto the shelf it went to wait. When we learned a friend of ours would be getting married in October, I put this on my make my stash sew list right away!
Does it feel like I start every blog post with some comment on how delayed the garment, or the post, or both are? Well, same story today on multiple levels! Let’s start at the beginning of this (nearly) perfect wedding guest dress!
This was my first time to sew the Sicily Slip Dress, after months of cyber stalking it via Instagram. I had this dress finished and ready to wear almost one month before the actual wedding, because I was so nervous that with my minimal sewing time with a newborn around, I may not get it done in time! I was so glad to have it ready to go, but sewing it up this early presented a new obstacle… As a mama in the early postpartum period, my body was truly changing on a daily basis. I could tell early on that my body wasn’t “bouncing back” the same way that it did following my first pregnancy, and I wanted to be careful not to choose too small a size in this pattern and find myself unable to wear my dress when the wedding came around! In an abundance of caution, I ended up cutting and sewing size “D” in this pattern, and ultimately I wish I’d gone with a size smaller.
Can you believe that I sewed this dress back in August 2019 and I am only just now getting it posted? Whoops. However, this would be a beautiful dress to wear to a nice Thanksgiving dinner, so it worked out alright. Still seasonally appropriate!