Neon POW and trims galore!
I sewed another one of these McCall dresses and I don't know if I can stop.
I love neon and fluorescent stuff. This goes back to the eighties. When I was in Jr. High my mom bought me a neon muscle shirt. I hadn't seen neon before and I thought I had landed in the most juiciest fantasies of fantasies. I wore the neon top with fear and pride to Jr. High. I also had ribbons in my hair—à la Madonna—and mismatched neon socks, gladiator sandals and many-pocket pants.
I was the first kid to wear neon at my school and it caused a sensation. I was painfully shy and although I loved bright and strange clothing, I didn't like attention. Some kid made a point of popping his head in the class I was sitting in, and he exclaimed, "It's like the sun!" and then made a show of popping on his Ray-Ban-knock-offs to block the intensity I emitted. Even though I thought it was funny, I still fiercely blushed and my pink cheeks rivaled any neon color.
I wear neon a lot. Still. I just love the explosion of color and light. I take my daily walks in fluorescent orange sweats and maybe I look weird, but heck, so what?
So this dress....I added a lot of trim. I was curious and wanted to see what it would look like. I had never sewn on piping trim before and so I thought, Why not, let's do this! And then the navy piping seemed lonely in the fabric sea of neon, so I invited some navy sparkly-fuzzy-trim over to join in.
Then I thought, let's not do the sheath thing, let's have a bouncy skirt be part of this experiment, so I cut the bodice short and put in a gathered skirt. The piping and trims reminded me of vintage-fantasy-world so I dropped the waist so that the garment had a kind of 1920s vibe to it.
Oh, and I added a bow, but it's removable.
Pattern: MP662 @mccallpatterncompany