Another day another red dress


I made another red dress today with what remained of the cheap red fabric I used in Making a red dress experiment 1 part 1. I guess this sort of looks more like a hospital gown than a dress; but this is the kind of thing I wear around my apartment. Roomy kaftan style dresses, maxi skirts worn as dresses–that sort of thing. Without the belt this dress looks like a shapeless solid red kaftan made out of cheap cotton. But for lounging around the house on a dismal evening while under the influence of the depressing midwest winter I would wear this dress.

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This dress was pretty easy to make. All I had to do was take a length of fabric double the desired length of the dress and fold it in half to create the front and back of the dress. At the top crease where the fabric is folded in two, I cut a hole for the neck. Then made a bit of a neckline on one side to differentiate the front from the back and that was it. I could have left it un-sewn and just relied on the belt or on pins to fasten; but I decided to go ahead and sew it.

How it looked before sewing

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It actually looks better before I sewed it I think. Especially the neckline. I think I forgot how I had tucked the neckline and so I sewed it according to how it was cut instead of how I had tucked it while it was on the mannequin. As for the sleeves they are rolled up in these pictures but not rolled up in the pictures I took after I sewed the dress together. I’m not sure if I like it better with the sleeves rolled up or with them hanging down.

Before sewing and without the belt

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In this state it most resembles a long hospital gown. But it’s a lounge dress. It’s for those days when you just don’t want to care how you look and you want to cover up your body and disappear into your tent. In this case your tent is your dress.

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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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