I always like to make a new frock for any birthday outings. This year my celebrations included a trip to the theatre to see the London production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night followed by a nice dinner out with friends. Firstly, the play was just amazing. I loved the book so was optimistic the play would be just as good, and it was. Secondly, on the dressmaking front, I wanted to make another verious of this pattern I made several years ago now https://pjfrocknstuff.blogspot.com/2014/09/mccalls-3884.html. I bought this rayon from Spotlight last year. I loved the colours. Their rayon selection can be a bit pedestrian most of the time, but this fabric was definitely more interesting. I actually only saw it on line.
This is a very simple dress to make. The pattern does call fo a zip at the back, but I learned from the previous version you don't need one as there is plenty of room around the neck line so it goes straight over the old noggin.
I do love a fabric with a stripe feature, so I used the pattern going in opposite directions to yoke for a bit of a contrast. It's not as obvious with the pattern fabric. The fabric is a bit like those pictures people used to have where if you stared at it long enough you'd see some hidden image.
I love all the colours in the fabric, which means I can pair the dress with different colour tights. I have so may coloured tights in my collection. People are always asking where I get them from because you no longer seem to be able to buy coloured tights at stores. Ebay from my friends. Plenty of choices and they mostly reasonably priced.