Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Le Boutique Dollaire Couture

You know when you get struck by an idea and it pesters you until you do something about it?
Well yesterday I was doing a bit of spring cleaning. OK fine. "Cleaning" is a bit of a stretch, I was poking around in my stash and daydreaming. I noticed a package jammed down the side of Big Brown Box (the big brown box where some of my fabric lives), I fished it out and closer examination revealed a $2 Dollar Store tablecloth, bought a while ago with the intention of making it into a cape for the bear.
I opened the package and discovered that there was far more material than I had imagined. And that it didn't actually feel too horrible to the touch.
Huh. I thought.

I wonder if a person could make a passable cocktail/evening dress from a dollar store tablecloth?

It turns out that the answer is yah? kind of?

Like lot's of things this looks better on the hanger than it does on me (also, the skirt is kind of puffier than it looks here).
I'd like to think if I was ACTUALLY going somewhere that required a cocktail dress I might put a little makeup on or maybe get all crazy and run a brush through my hair... but in all honesty... who knows, it's been a while, and I don't get invited to a lot of formal dos.

Anyhoo, I drafted the pattern myself (for "drafted" read "eyeballed, cut, swore, cut then eyeballed some more") and I don't think that the straight top loves me back. The scalloped edges went all the way around the tablecloth and I though it was too cute not to include, so I did.
I was kind of (and I mean SUPER loosely here people) inspired by this Jim Hjelm bridesmaid's dress (jh5804).

And of course the devil is in the details. It would require some ridiculously high strappy shoes, a bit of costume bling and a floaty goodwill flamenco scarf.

Et, Voila. Cocktail dress.
Now. I'll have a Dirty Martini, frogs in the pond, just scare it with the vermouth.


  1. I think it's really cute, well done! That's a fabulous blue.

    Would a pettiskirt make the skirt more full all the way around rather than just at the front where the pleats are? That might balance it out.

  2. I think it looks wonderful on you!

  3. Nice, and I think it looks better on you than the hanger.

  4. I agree with Sigrid...much better on you than on the hanger :)

  5. this is a cool idea!


  6. It's adorable...does look better on you and the color is great! Love it.

  7. i loveeee the scalloped hem, the dress is totally kitschy but in a presentable way.. yummy!

  8. Wow, you're amazing!

  9. I think it looks great you are so clever.

  10. The dress is lovely! The colour suits you well. I'm so glad to find someone else who appreciates dollar store chic!

  11. Awesome creativity - very inspiring. :)

  12. All you need to add is a little (or a lot depending on your personality!) of bling around your neck! Lovely!

  13. Add a sweater and you can wear it somewhere not-so-formal. It's great!

  14. SHUT UP! THAT'S a dollar store table cloth? Uh hu, no it's not. I'm stunned you could pull that off! It looks great.


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