[I am reminded at times like this that I am a total, complete dork. Good thing I am OK with it.]
I'd like to say that this one just came to me out of nowhere, but (a) the construction is not complicated and I've seen similar styles in RTW, and (b) I actually drafted it as a flat pattern from my sloper two years ago, at tunic length. I never sewed it up, and decided Saturday night to make it by draping on Clementine instead. It's funny how little things matter to me now, like the yokes are slightly rounded in the draped version instead of straight across as in my flat pattern.
Recognize the fabric? You might have it in your home... in the form of a pillow or cafe curtains. It is from IKEA, on clearance last summer for $1.99 a yard. I can't help but be drawn to the bright colors and simple shapes. I'm like a 7-year-old that way. And in this dress, I probably look like one, too.
But I can't help but lighten up a bunch when I put this on! It's just a fun little smock to wear.
I can pinpoint the areas of my draping and patternmaking where I have not yet honed my eye and my intuition. Armholes and sleeves are two. I always make my armholes too high. I really understand quite a bit about sleeves, but the knowledge in my head doesn't always translate to good decisions for my hands to carry out. Why does that disconnect happen?
I made a pattern from this draped dress... I should compare it to the flat pattern from 2 years ago and see how well I did! Two changes are in order: narrowing the shoulders an inch, and contouring the bodice at the high waist for less tent and more a-line from the waist. Then I think I will sew it up again in a more... ahem... grown-up fabric.
BTW, you must be getting tired of seeing artwork propped up against the fireplace behind me. I finally bought more hardware to hang the rest of the pictures in the house, so maybe the next time I photograph an outfit the artwork will be on the walls instead of on the floor. ;)