SO. To keep me from shopping, I decided to do some sewing. I have recently fallen in love with the infinity dress, the cute little dress that can be styled a million different ways and is apparently stupidly easy to make. Tutorial for the basic thing here: http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/little-red-infinity-dress-tutorial/ And here it is!
This is actually the third version. It's not a complicated dress, but I did some experimenting and learned some things. First of all, I knew I wanted a tube top underneath. (Adding in the tube top is super simple, it's basically just widening the waistband, but the tutorial I looked at for that is here: http://sewlikemymom.com/infinity-dress-with-bandeau-top/) There is no way I can wear something without a bra, and I didn't want to get a special bra so I don't have the band going around my back. The tube top added in is a simple fit. I also learned that the tube top should be the same color as the ties, not the skirt. If it's the same color as the skirt you have to be very careful to cover all the different colored fabric just right with the ties or it looks weird. I have another version of this dress I made that illustrates this issue. If it's wrapped right it looks fine, but it can be a pain. For the ties, I cut them about 12" wide and then folded them over and sewed along the long sides and one end, basically making a long tube with one end closed. I love the light green fabric, you can't tell in the picture, but it's actually sheer. I also know that any stretching on an unfinished edge leads to running and shredding. The tube sealed up all the raw edges. I did not finish the hem of the skirt though. The dark green fabric is just jersey and doesn't have that problem. The tube top is a layer of the sheer light green over a layer of the dark green. I thought I might need to put elastic around the top of it to hold it up, but I managed to sew it tight enough to fit. I have a slight problem with my stitches not wanting to stretch as much as the fabric, even though I did zigzag, so I have to be very careful when I put it on. I just know I'm going to rip the stitches at some point and I'll have to try something else so I don't keep having that issue.
Anyways, the dress is super fun to wear, circle skirts are so twirly! And the fabric is soft and comfy and drapey. I also have a theory that since the tube top only goes down to the edge of my ribs, I'd probably be really cute pregnant in this dress. I was thinking about cutting the skirt a little shorter, but I don't know if I will. I like it the way it is. Now I just need to go learn different ways to wrap it.