Another appropriate name for this post would be “how to wear a pencil skirt like the pros.” And by pros I mean “the ladies with the epic booties.” I have found that a tight pencil skirt, or anything that is tighter on the bottom half, looks great on either really, really tiny girls or girls who rock the epic J-Lo/Kim Kardashian/Nicki Minaj booty. Because with a back side like that you either go big or go home. Me on the other hand, I fall somewhere in between. A lot of booty in the back but not enough to be classified as an epic booty.
There is a reason why I am rambling on about bug butts. And I can not lie. If you follow my blog, you might have seen that I am usually a shift dress/long tunic/flowy maxi skirt kind of girl. But none the less, I was intrigued to try my hand at something that was a little bit out of my usual zone. When Indiesew asked me to make the Senna dress by Lindsay Woodward, I was really excited to give it a try. When I saw this pattern it reminded me of something the ladies mentioned above would wear, but a little bit classier. In fact, I think the Senna Dress may have just put the clASSy back into ASSes (ok that was a horrible joke but come on, it was right there.)
Anyway, all joking aside, this dress was really fun to make and fun to wear. The pattern is a fitted ruched pencil skirt with a kimono sleeve bodice that can be sewed as a full dress or with a separate crop top. I went with the full dress (I’ll save the crop top for when I am running low on fabric). I love the loose style of the bodice giving it an almost “relaxed on the top- party on the bottom feel.” I was able to complete this entire dress on my serger with the exception of top stiching the sleeve and skirt hem. The ruched skirt was a first for me but Lindsay does a great job explaining how to do this and I had no trouble making it work! The bodice fabric is a red stretch jersey from Five Eighth Seams and the fabric for the skirt is from Art Gallery Fabrics. Here are some photos of the completed dress: Depending on your fabric choices and colors, this dress can really be styled with heels for a night out on the town or with sandals for a more casual look. It was 40 degrees the day I took this photo but I was feeling like spring on the inside so I went with some sandals from Old Navy. Goes well with my pale winter legs. 🙂 So what do you think? Did I pull off the look?