I love Maria Denmark's free Kirsten Kimono Tee, which was my second "grown up" make and first successful knit make (after my strange BHL Polly Top in hatchi knit). Aside from the slightly droopy neckline I was happy with it and gifted it to mom before taking any pics. Anyhow, at some point last summer I had the not-so-brilliant idea of lengthening the pattern into a maxi dress. I am not sure why I thought it would look good when I normally don't like straight dresses with kimono sleeves. Go figure. I decided to try my idea on this gorgeous jersey print instead of the many boring solids in my stash. Again, go figure. 

I also had the idea of ruching the midsection  like so (a technique I've never used) to make it more unique and flattering so I cut the dress extra long. Why would you ruch a nice print like this? And WHY oh why would I wear these awkward formal shoes in the picture? SO MANY "GO FIGURE"S!!! The whole thing was so half-baked it was no big surprise that I hated the pre-ruched version immediately and no amount of ruching would change that. It fit like a column whose sole purpose was to emphasize my lack of curves. And sway back. Ugh.


 
 

My first Sallie Jumpsuit was such an instant favorite that after two days of wearing it non-stop I had to start a second one (and do laundry). Now that size and fit were mostly figured out I was ready to risk a nicer fabric. I had my mind set on this ultra soft mystery knit I got for $2/yard from L.A.'s Fabric District (I know I know, us L.A. sewists are so lucky and spoiled, it's sickening). It appeared to be some sort of rayon poly mix with great recovery and a thick and very spongy/bouncy feel. It also screamed "I will pill like crazy if you just look at me the wrong way". But you can only ask so much for $2/yard. Most importantly though, it had a fun print! And by fun I mean the kind that inevitably drives you to homicidal rage fantasies against its unknown designer. But we'll get to that soon enough.

First I want to say that I love my Sallie #2 even more than my Sallie #1.  I have probably worn it 10 out of the last 14 days. Everyone is getting sick of seeing me in it. I don't wash it often enough (at least I am saving water! #CAdrought). I just don't care, I don't want to take it off because it is literally the most comfortable thing I own. There is only one downside to the Sallie Jumpsuit, or any jumpsuit for that matter: peeing naked. But it is so worth it!