Me-Made-March, Day 6
I've decided to try wearing clothes I hadn't worn during Self-Stitched September, to mix it up for that group a bit. That means going through the wardrobe and pulling out things that haven't seen active duty for a while... this black dress was originally part of an evening-y ensemble, that included a black lace overdress, which I cut up for something else at some point. Since then I've worn it as a petticoat occasionally, but not for much else. However, I should wear it more because it is a perfectly good dress by itself. The fabric is a thick glossy synthetic satin which does feel quite nice and ripply/flowy to wear. It's real easy-care, just toss it in the machine. Er, actually come to think of it, I just toss everything in the machine...
I added some leftover black lace at the front of the bodice, so it wasn't too plain. The straps are just out of skinny little satin ribbon, which combined with this type of fabric and the style makes the whole thing feel a bit lingerie-y, so it really needs a cardigan over the top, for public viewing. I think maybe I don't wear it much because black isn't really my thing. Putting a little neutral beige cardi over it is "me-ifying" it somewhat.
Why don't I wear much black?... is something I think about sometimes. You see it everywhere. Lots of people wear a lot of black, a lot. And I don't much. I associate black with funerals, and goths, and depression. That's when I put it on myself. Paradoxically, when I see someone else wearing black, I often think they look quite smart. With-it, cool and out-there. Not always, sometimes I mentally wish serial all-black wearers would be a bit more imaginative, but usually black is a colour I like. On others. Just not on me. Weird, huh?
A big plus about black; it's real easy to mix and match, and you can always find shoes to go with your outfit. When you're into colours it's a darn sight more challenging!
Dress; an adapted version of NewLook 6035? (I think?? it's been a while since I made this thing...) black synthetic satin and lace
Cardigan; my own design, coffee and white net, grosgrain ribbon