Ahhh springtime! Days are getting longer, people are walking around town in shorts paired with a puffy vest, dust is flying up off the road from vehicles, and I’m getting a sudden craving for pastel-hued clothing! I made this office-appropriate dress based on the 9 to 5 dress from the Built By Wendy Dresses book (so awesome). The book suggested making this dress out of an orange linen, but I ended up using a cheap pastel orange twill that I bought on clearance for $3/m. I think the twill works alright, but in hindsight I should have not bothered with interfacing on the sleeve facings… it’s a bit too stiff for my liking.
I pretty much followed the book exactly, except that I added 2 darts in the back to reduce some of the volume on either side of the zipper. This is also the first time I’ve used an actual zipper foot to install an invisible zipper and it looks frigging fantastic! The book also suggested making a belt out of the same fabric, but for now I’ve just styled it with a dark brown skinny belt that I already had. I also ended up making belt loops to keep the belt from floating randomly around my torso.