I’ve always loved anything to do with space and one of my favourite things to do is to sit outside and gaze up at the stars, trying to imagine all the other worlds and lives going on up there. And so, with the exit from our solar system of the first man-made object, I couldn’t help but be very excited and want to do something to mark the occasion! After chatting to lazylinchen (who was also very excited), we decided this could only be marked by something to do with sewing! Reglisse by Deer and Doe pattern had been playing on my mind for a very long time, I just couldn’t decide if it would suit me. This is a very girly dress indeed and while it looked beautiful on other people, I just couldn’t imagine wearing it myself. That was, until the day I saw the most amazing silhouetted astronaut fabric! There was absolutely no way this cotton poplin could ever look too girlish, even with that most feminine of patterns – the Reglisse! Anyway, as soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it would be just the right mix of non-girly print with a girly pattern to give this dress a chance to prove itself! Just a few days later, Voyager 1 left our solar system and so the stars were aligned (sorry, but I couldn’t resist!) to make this the perfect time to make a space dress!
This Reglisse was made with absolutely no alternations as it is only close fit around the waist (with stretch elastic – hurray!). I originally made the dress without the collar as it reminded me of Japanese “sailor” school uniforms with it attached, but I changed my mind once I saw these beauties by bobbinsboutique, gingermakes, and, of course, the lovely Eleonore! Collar now firmly attached, I uhmmed and ahhed over the long tails, but decided to just go with it figuring that I could just cut them off if I really hated them. I’m really not a fan of elastic waistbands, but it does make this a very, very comfy dress to wear (even after eating a huge meal!) and can easily be covered with a belt to make it look a little more serious… The bias-cut skirt makes this a perfect dress for spinning about in, as well as giving the illusion of not being so fulled when it’s not zipping about around your ears! I added french seams where possible to the dress to help make this dress last longer and not fray away like some other clothes I could mention…! Five to ten centimetres have been graded off the corners of the skirt because my fabric wasn’t wide enough to fit the pattern pieces, but this has still left me with a very floaty skirt indeed! I do think the combination of the pointy sleeves and the large collar can make this look a little bit “Jetsons”, but, hey, this is a space dress after all! There are also some very neat pleats at the shoulder which give this dress a touch of 1940′s elegance! The pattern is really well illustrated and very easy to fit (thank you, elastic waistband!) with Eleonore’s usual friendly words to guide you through the process. I really would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants an easy dress to put together and wear.
However, and this is my only problem with this dress, I’m not totally sure I like the look of it on me. I love wearing it and the fabric print makes me as pleased as punch, but I can’t help feeling I look like an overgrown schoolgirl in it. I wore it out to the gym without too many stares, and my husband really likes it, so I don’t think it can be as crazy looking as I think. It could also be more to do with the fact that I have only worn dresses like this in primary school! Before we moved to Singapore, I really didn’t wear dresses, instead sticking firmly to jeans and t-shirts for practical and weather purposes. Unfortunately, it is simply too hot and humid to wear that many clothes here, and so I quickly graduated to making and wearing dresses. While I feel comfortable in most of the clothes I have made, I do always take a sharp intake of breath when I first wear a new dress outside and if I’d not been so sleepy on my way to the gym, I probably wouldn’t have worn this dress at all. Now that I have worn it, I don’t think I’ll worry too much next time! However, as this dress is so feminine, I feel my extremely ancient flip-flops just won’t cut it anymore. I find the whole “shoes that match dresses” thing completely baffling (my husband chose my shoes for our wedding because I would have worn my comfy battered pumps if left to my own devices!) and heels absolutely impossible, mostly because I get so exasperated that you can never get anywhere fast enough in them (can you tell I used to live in London?), so I think it will be pumps all the way! Anyone have any advice on comfy shoes to wear with dresses? I wish everyone would just give up on shoes and walk around in their bare feet instead…!
Anyway, back to Voyager 1 which is much more interesting than shoes! Voyager 1 has been travelling around in space for just over thirty-six years, originally to study Jupiter and Saturn’s moons, but as it kept going, to explore the outer reaches of our solar system. Voyager 2, which actually left Earth before Voyager 1, has “stopped off” to explore Neptune and Uranus, but will also go into interstellar space in 2016. At the time the Voyagers were launched, NASA weren’t sure if they would be able to communicate with the probes once they crossed over the heliopause (basically the point when the Sun gets replaced by the Milky Way as the main gravitational pull), so there was great relief when Voyager 1 sent back this sound – it’s the sound of deep space! Both probes will continue to send back data until their power sources stop functioning, and will never return to this solar system. I will leave you with a photo taken by Voyager 1 as it turned back for a last look at Earth just before the camera was permanently turned off.