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traveling green

19 April 2010


I made this dress back in June, right after I returned from backpacking in Europe for 6 months. I wasn’t sure what my plans were, but I’d just bought a station wagon so I knew there’d be plenty of adventures. This is the first roadtrip dress!

green jersey dress green jersey dress green jersey dress front

I was able to test out its travelbility on my latest cross country trip, driving from New Orleans to Los Angeles on i40. These photos were taken from our wonderful day in Arizona.

green jersey dress at the AZ sign suggestive signage at meteor crater green dress meteor crater fries and dinos in arizona snow in flagstaff

It’s very comfortable to wear and I felt very chic at all of our stops– Arizona State Welcome Center, a gas station for a much-needed french fry break, wandering around Meteor Crater, playing in snow in Flagstaff, and even in Circus Circus casino in Vegas late that night.

green jersey dress back detail green jersey dress front detail green jersey dress back

It’s made out of fine green jersey I picked up in Ohio–this was months before discovering the LA fashion district. It wasn’t so flattering when I first made it, but I recently re-examined my work. That’s right, sometimes even I need to tailor my clothes! I took in the shoulders and arm seams, as well as added elastic beneath the bust line (I find this is essential in getting a really nice fit from jersey). I was pretty ignorant about sewing stretch fabric on machine, and so to avoid stretching I did the hems and the ties by hand (if you’re confused about this I’ve got some tips on sewing stretch fabric and tubes)

at meteor crater with jason

As you can tell from all our photos, it turned out to be the perfect outfit for an entire day’s worth of adventures!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    20 April 2010 12:25 pm

    It looks like it should be MY dress.

  2. Jane permalink
    20 April 2010 12:49 pm

    Looks like a great summer dress!!!

  3. Cristy permalink
    20 April 2010 2:07 pm

    Adorable and comfy looking! I wish they sold dresses like these in stores, or that I could sew.. ^.^

    – Cristy

  4. 21 April 2010 4:08 am

    so you really bought a station wagon?

  5. Julianne Dodds permalink*
    21 April 2010 11:16 am

    I got a 96 Volvo 850 wagon and I love it. I’ve put about 19,000 miles on it in the past 10 months, and I’ve slept in it many nights, hot and cold. It broke down in Texas on our latest trip and it’s running again, but it needs a new catalytic converter and possibly muffler. But it’s still an awesome car!

  6. Jess permalink
    21 April 2010 12:29 pm

    Love it! You did a beautiful job…I have a fear of knit fabrics, but I love wearing knits so I’ve been acquiring a lot of jersey. Maybe I’ll actually use some of it one of these days! 🙂

  7. 23 April 2010 2:17 am

    very ethereal.

  8. beachbumm permalink
    30 April 2010 6:01 am

    LOVE THIS! u happen to have a pattern u’d consider sharing? selling? love it! looks fabulous on u too!

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