Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The LBD - (Little Bacon Dress)

I was shopping online for fabric (as you do) when I came across this.

Oh yeah. It's bacon fabric!

At first, I cackled and rolled around on the floor laughing for a bit thinking 'What kind of crazy person would want to buy bacon fabric?!!' Until I sat bolt up and realised the answer was 'me'. I am the crazy person, and I want to buy bacon fabric. You can quote me on that if you like.

But really, I mean the puns alone make this worthwhile (and you know how I love puns).

I thought about using it to make an apron or something, but decided I really wanted to go the whole hog and make a dress. (See what I did there?)

In the interests of personal authenticity, I had to explore this idea further. I did a bit of a poll to see if people thought making a dress out of this would be a good idea. It was a landslide victory in favour of the bacon.

The people have spoken. To those 2 rouge voters who were not on board with my brilliant and tasty moment of inspiration, I can only say this:
Potate away!
So then I had to make it, because democracy (and peer pressure) said so. You can never go wrong by listening to the mob, right?

The company that makes this fabric is called 'Timeless Treasures', which is fitting really, because you can imagine anything with a food theme print is destined to become an heirloom. If you find yourself itching to get your hands on some (and who wouldn't be?), I got mine from www.fabric.com. They have baked potato fabric too.

It seems to me that a bacon dress should be a classic, sexy shape. I don't want it to look tacky or anything.

So I went with a simple dress. It's got a princess line with a sweet-heart neckline. If the bodice looks familiar in shape, it's because I used the pattern I drafted for my wedding dress, with the skirt simplified.

The skirt is essentially a straight skirt, made pencil shaped by tapering in from just below the fullness of the hip. I also included a vent at the back, because hey, gotta walk. I might rustle up a sketch on how I did that in a following post.

I think it's almost office appropriate. (Almost). Which would make sense because you could wear it when bringing home the bacon. [I did initially try and write about women's rights on this one, but the link got a bit tenuous even by my standards... you might say there were more than six degrees of separation on those topics].
Tee Hee!
Going to go right ahead and make this look glam now.

 Oh yeah!

Guess what's shakin?
Yup. Bacon. Bacon is shakin.

I think I look smokin'. Or smokey. As in smokey bacon. And Jon tells me it's certainly the cutest bacon dress he's ever seen.

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PS: Quick disclaimer - no actual piggies were harmed in the making of this dress. Morris is fine.

UPDATE: Full drafting notes here.

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