Interviewing for a Job During the Apocalypse

Some days it feels hard to plan for the future amidst the hurricanes, floods, shootings, and now ash falling from the sky. Yet here I am in my interview dress as the sky turns dark with smoke. Sometimes you just have to put on your fancy pants and make it work.

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Folded Dress 02/2012 #110B
Fabric: 1.5 yds stretch cotton sateen
Cost: $14

Luckily we are not in any threat from the fire but, as you can see, the air down here has been thick with smoke. My heart goes out to all those affected by so many recent events.

This dress was originally intended as my graduation dress, but other events actually prevented me from finishing it on time. Without a deadline, I took the time to really tweak the pattern and I LOVE the fit on this one. It is not overfitted but seems to hang just right on the body, with the hem and waist parallel to the ground and no bunching or pulling. Perfect for when you need to look perfectly put together.

The dress is adapted from this Burda pattern, which originally had an asymmetrical wrap front. I chose instead to mirror the front pieces and I like the simple look of this dress with the print. I like the skirt length and high square neckline, which are more office appropriate. Funny story, but it is actually from the "Stop Traffic" collection, and my master's thesis was on racial disparities in traffic stops. Sometimes the stars align! (Just not in time for me to finish it for graduation.)

It also has something every working woman needs - pockets! This dress also pairs well with the blazer I made with Beth. She probably thought my color choice was a bit boring, but I wear this all the time as it goes with everything! If you're looking to learn from the jacket queen herself, she is teaching a jacket essentials course in Berkeley next month!

I would probably tell you more about this dress except I really did wear it to an interview today - 3 hours with 7 people in 4 different sessions! I am off to drink some tea, as it's either the talking or the smoke that is bothering my throat.

Hope you are staying safe out there!


  1. You look fantastic, that dress is perfect. I always liked that pattern, I think I even downloaded it but never made it. And now the idea of removing the asymmetry seems like a good one. I love a square neckline. Good luck with the job hunt!

  2. Good luck with the job interviews, I’m in the same boat so can relate. The combination of the dress and blazer is stunning, nothing wrong with a blazer in a practical colour!

  3. Good luck! Let us know how it worked out. You probably mesmerized them with that dress!

  4. This is such an awesome dress, and it looks fantastic with the blazer! You really can't go wrong in this one :) Even over 7 hours!


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