|Days and days, people. I spend days on getting this stunningly adequate color on this piece of stunningly adequate muslin.|
And then, when I went into the stash to get some plain muslin to make trim with, I found this fabric that I already had in my stash:
|No, your eyes do not deceive you. I found exactly the right amount of an even more stunningly adequate piece of panné velvet in exactly the right color, just sitting there waiting for me to finish dyeing the other piece of fabric.|
OK. So let's get to whipping up a dress. If you want to make a very quick and very easy almost-Merida with just two seams, proceed as if making a magistrate dress as I did in this blog post way back when the internet was a baby. Cut the sleeves straight across rather than hanging down. The skirt will be full enough to walk easily but not so full as to be twirly.
If you want to make an almost quick, almost easy, almost-Merida with an actual twirly skirt, follow the steps below.
- Fold your fabric twice.
- Trace a dress that fits and cut.
- Add a little to the sides to make it twirly.
- Sew the extra side parts on.
- Sew the side seams.
Wordful instructions with poor-quality pictures:
|Fold the fabric from top to bottom, AKA the hamburger way.|
|Holding the end of the yardstick at the open corners, use it like a compass to draw an arc from the dress to the edge of the fabric.|
|At the top right corner, at the dress neckline, mark the front neckline and the back neckline on the center front fold.|
|Mark the back neckline on the top fold.|
|Remove the dress from the fabric and draw gentle curves to connect the center front marks to the top mark. These are the back neckline and the front neckline.|
|Back to paper.|
When you have finished drawing all the lines, you will have a half dress on the left, a pizza slice on the right, and what I'm going to call the upside down end of a canoe under the sleeve.
|Cut along your lines, including the back neck. Wait to cut the front neck later. The upside down end of a canoe is excess. Set it aside but don't throw it away. You can always use it to make a purse or a dog collar. Or to repair your dress. :)|
|Open the half dress so you can see right and left sides.|
|Open the dress fully so you can see front and back.|
|Flip the pizza slices so the point goes toward the neckline.|
|Separate the pizza slices and put one along each side.|
|Attach pizza slices. In paper, I used tape. When you make the dress in fabric, use thread and sew them on.|
|Fold the dress in half again, then trim from the side seam mark in a curve all the way to the front.|
|My almost-Merida, worn over a peasant blouse, with Rudi's belt and my boots.|
|Even drawing my bow, my sleeves were cut high enough under the arm to not split when I draw my bow.|
Go make yourself a dress, or a peplos, or a "kimono'. Then go forth in splendor! Be safe, be kind, and most of all have fun.