The Break My Own Rules Dress

In news that will come as a surprise to literally 0% of people, I have a lot of life rules. A LOT OF LIFE RULES. Never fight a land war in Asia. That’s a give-in. No sex in the champagne room. It’s gross, and unhygienic, and maybe other people want to use the champagne room, it’s not just for you and your sexy times! I don’t even LIKE champagne (I’m a prosecco girl myself) but STILL, it’s important. Last Crusade is the best Indiana Jones movie, duh, because of NAZIS and also CONNERY. Chocolate is always appropriate. Food isn’t caloric if you eat it while walking. Nude underwear with white garments. Come on. That’s an easy one. Walk quickly at all times. Walk like you have somewhere to be BECAUSE I DO. Winetimes are the best times. At all times. What else, what else, there are so many! Never show up empty-handed. Be nice to small children and animals. Don’t trust cops. I’ve got a lot of em. And one of them is, stripes don’t look good on me so I wont were them. EVER. EVER.

And yet…as it turns out rules were meant to be broken. (Except that land war in Asia one, come on, people, learn the lessons of history!) Because I recently got this striped fabric in a drunken purchase from Girl Charlee (yes, I drunk-buy fabric, come on, be cool I could do far worse things…) and under the influence of wine I was like, STRIPES? I BET I COULD LOOK AWESOME IN STRIPES AM I RIGHT? ALSO, KITTENS! AND MORE WINE MAYBE A LOT!

Wine me is the best/worst me, real talk.

BUT. Sober me was the one who actually got the package and had to deal with the stripes I had ordered. Sober me was like, ohhhhh, drunk me, we need to have a chat, and drunk me was like, yeah, fine, whatever, but I want chinese food and sober me was like, I can’t really talk to you when you’re like this and drunk me was like, you’re a pretty girl and sober me was like, you’re drunk but I’ll take it and drunk me was like, pretzels? and sober me was like, didn’t you just ask for chinese food? and drunk me was like, I’ll tell YOU when I’ve had enough! and sober me was like, this isn’t even making sense anymore and drunk me was like, your face doesn’t make sense anymore and sober me was like, ohhhhhhhhhhh boy.

So those two haven’t really worked it out. Good luck to them. But the rest of me made a dress, because you know what, screw the rules, worst comes to worst, it’s a beach cover up. That being said, I think this might have worked!

TBMORD 3Right? I think the stripes might be big enough that I’m out of the danger zone! If you don’t know about the danger zone for stripes, good for you, but if you do, feel free to weigh in, please and thank you.

TBMORD 1The pattern is actually one that I have used the hell out of, and it no longer really exists. It was Dixie DIY’s swing shirt, a pattern that has since been discontinued. You can buy a version of it now, though, here. I got this when it was still a free download and boy have I made use of it. This is the second dress version of the shirt I have made. The first is a cute minty thing I never documented, so this time, during a lull in my day, I practically forced my roommate Emily (thank you, Emily!) to snap these.

TBMORD 2I really just elongated the shirt. Due to some hem issues this ended up shorter than I might have liked, but I did get a lot of love from the older gentlemen in my neighborhood so that’s…disturbing.

TBMORD 4I did a decent stripe-matching job, though it could have been better. It’s always about matching stripes versus fabric efficiency, isn’t it?

TBMORD 6A little back view for you. The dress is too simple for words. I added elastic at the waist but I will probably always wear this with a belt so no one will ever know! Sadness.

And that’s that. A very deeply simple knit dress that took me, like, two hours start to finish, and YET, I never thought I would make such a thing! What a world. Breaking all my own rules. But that champagne rule thing, that’s forever. Count on it.

TBMORD 5What are your life rules?

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16 responses to “The Break My Own Rules Dress

  1. Judi

    That was a good rule to break…it’s a cute dress!

  2. senjiva

    And yet… it looks super fantastic. I love a stripe myself and persist in wearing striped shirts all the time, even though I’m not skinny or a supermodel or have small bosoms. I say if it speaks to you, go for it. (there are some exceptions, like keeping your bottom covered, etc.)

  3. Look at you you little rebel! First a maxi dress and now stripes? Good for you for trying things outside your box. I think this one looks adorable!

  4. DrunkYou/SoberYou hilarious…
    I’m trying to do less ruling, they make me chafe…as soon as someone tells me I can’t do something, it’s ALL I WANT TO DO, and that seems to go double if the “someone” is me. I’ll let you have the champagne room one though — I’ll fight my urge to fly there directly and defile it. ;)

  5. LMAO!! Great dress too. Gotta love an easy knit dress for summer. Looking hot girlie!

  6. Cuuuuuuuuuuute! I love this! You’re killin’ it in stripes! Drunk you is a genius! The moral of this story is that you should ALWAYS listen to drunk you… right?

  7. your posts make me laugh out loud. OUT LOUD. (and i love your last two dresses. you are not delusional, on either stripes or maxi!)

  8. Love it! The stripes and the colour look fabulous. Really nice dress for the summer.

  9. I cracked up reading your inner dialogue, drunk you was totally right though! Looks like the kind of dress you could easily live in all summer long. :-)

  10. KC

    My new life rule is always read your brilliant blog!

  11. Awesome! This is in inspired beverage fuelled purchase- the stripes are a good width and this is summery awesome!

  12. Haha! I love the inner monologue here. I thought I was the only one who did that. The dress looks great; it looks like drunk you was right! And good call on the land war in Asia. Learn from history or repeat it ;-)

  13. I would love to be a fly on the wall whenever it is that sober you finally takes drunk you out for Chinese food, because that one little snippet of a conversation might have been the best thing I’ve read all week. Stripes become you, my dear!

  14. Rachael

    Stumbled upon your blog through a series of happy accidents. I just love your posts and needed to comment here. The stripes look fabulous and you’ve encouraged me to reexamine my pattern rules for my upcoming skirts/dresses.

  15. Hi! Super cute dress. :) Thank you for the mention. Enjoyed your post!
    ~Janet http://www.girlcharlee.com//

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