How appropriate in this tropical weather I should find myself attracted to a tropical themed print. I do love that the pineapple has become quite the feature in furnishings and knickknacks recently. And since I live in the homeland of the Big Pineapple (well about an hour and a bit down the road) I am more than happy to represent the Sunshine State and it's large spikey fruit. I know what you're thinking, and yes it's a shame I didn't make the journey to Nambour for the photo shoot.
This is yet another story about a skirt gone bad, that was refashioned into a dress. I just never learn. Maybe it's the fabric. It is after all another fabric from the soft furnishing department at Spotlight. A good sturdy ribbed cotton. I believe my friend Mandy had something similar in mind for curtains for a Combi. Combi curtains, cushions, a dress for work, so many options.
I took the bodice option from one of my 1970's patterns. The featured panel piece is actually black denim. I did, however, find out after wearing the dress that the denim was crinkling up at the sides. I've now added some interfacing to reinforce it. Hopefully that will do the trick. I also had some nice vintage white buttons which were perfect to add to the feature panel. I put a side zip since the original skirt had a side zip.
I am very happy with my pineapple dress. It's a little shorter than what I'd usually make for a work dress as I didn't take into account the actual length of the bodice. I was surprised after wearing it to work it was one of those dresses that didn't get many comments. Well, whatever. Whenever I wear it it makes me want to sing "if you like pina coladas and gettin caught in the rain.....".