Did you know, that according to Ahmed, the Egyptian guide, there are 126 pyramids in Egypt? Amazing, isn’t it? Here I am (looking somewhat Princess Diana-ish) at the Great Pyramids of Giza, near Cairo. One of the few remaining “Seven wonders of the World”. Seeing them on my recent visit (our third visit, but my first sight of a Pyramid) was a moving and very exciting experience. We were also able to go inside (for about £20) and walk up to close to the summit.
At some of the sites there were photographs, in B&W, of the pyramids from the air (they were after all built to ensure the dead were as close as possible to the sun). I loved the play of the shadows and it made me think, again, of the shapes that could be used in a dress.
I remembered the Pyramid dress from Sandra Erikson. I have always found this an interesting pattern – perhaps less to wear and more to have some fun with. There are a few pictures on the internet.
The basic idea of a four triangle shapes is appealing and many dresses, especially longer ones, have this silhouette. The McCardell 1945 Futuristic (also known as Monastic) dress is made up in this way, as elaborated very effectively by fellow blogger DaughterFish. The instructions for making the pattern are on her blog, and it is very easy to follow her instructions. I even found my geometry coming back as I worked out the angles required.
Having cracked the pattern, with my measurements, in half an hour I was about to cut out the pieces, when I realised just how much fabric was required – around five metres! As a normal sleeveless dress would take just two metres, this would be like wearing two and a half dresses at once. Maybe not the most flattering look unless you are very tall and slim. Apart from not having 5m of anything (since I Kondoed out an African funeral print, ahem), I thought this dress absolutely needed a fabric with the right sort of drape. I am thinking that a crepe backed silk satin would be superb – but very pricey. This is the sort of project I will do for fun if I come across the right piece of cloth.