My “Bring on Summer” dress

The Facts

Fabric: Turquoise, green and periwinkle print from stash, cotton/poly lining
Pattern: McCalls 9338
Year: 1998
Notions: 1 zipper from stash
Time to complete: 3 1/2 hours
First worn: June 2012
Wear again? Yes : )

Total Cost: Free!


Everyone who was stumped raise your hands!

Hallelujah and thank goodness to Mena for doing the On Trend board for inspiration. I looked through 4 months worth of Vogue and Elle, at pics of the various shows online and still…nothing. I played around with doing something with color blocking but somehow I just couldn’t get it together.

I went to Joann’s to look at prints but frankly nothing there floated my boat. I don’t like the really big prints, most of the fabrics they had were either completely uninspiring or downright awful and I didn’t have time for any advanced kind of shopping.

I looked through my stash of stuff and this piece kept beckoning to me. Last week it was 105 degrees out, and I loved my Vacation dress, it was SO comfy that I was tempted to make another. What I really wanted was something vintage-y, that I could wear to work or to dinner, that wasn’t too fussy AND would work in warmer temps. Being able to ride my bike in it would be fabulous but not necessary.

So this is as “trendy” as I’m going to get this week : ) Comfort and necessity won out and the fact that this was free was the clincher!

As far as the construction of the dress went it was clear and straightforward. The added bonus is that it is completely lined so no slip necessary, and while I was *hoping* that I could get away with no bra like last week I wasn’t too surprised when I couldn’t. What DID surprise me was the deep plunge of the neckline! I played with taking the shoulders up but then it tightens the sleeve and back area. I will, sadly, not be able to ride my bike in this, the sleeves are just too restricting BUT where there’s a will there’s a way so we’ll just have to play with things.

Why am I on a bed? I finished up my tablesetting blog…for now…last week, and am finally able to take a good look at my yard (eek!) and spent the weekend making lists (oh so many lists) and first up was putting together the outdoor bed. The MOMENT the bedding hit it so did the animals! This is our favorite hangout during the summer months, the best place to read a book, take a nap, dream…

And my dog, who, up to now, has been VERY reticent about having her picture taken decided to become a goofball since my face wasn’t hidden behind some big black thing. I had to learn a completely new photo skill today as ALL my photographers were unavailable! Rather than skip a challenge, since I finished the dress, I decided to just set up shop in the back yard and go for it. I figured out the timer feature all by myself!  Not the greatest pics by far BUT I did it although I sorely missed my daughters help and bad jokes : )

There were a few like this, although you can see the dress pretty well and Romera looks adorable : )

I thought about doing another gif that shows her tail wagging but the last one took MANY hours and resulted in a repetitive strain injury that all my co-workers just shook their heads over (I work in Ergonomics and knew exactly what I was doing wrong but did that stop me from doing it? Noooo……) so just take my word for it : )

While this may not be as “trendy” as some it makes me happy and in the end isn’t that what any piece of clothing or outfit should do? Bring on summer!

Can you believe we’re halfway through the year?


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