Summer is my favourite season for sewing! I love working with bright floral fabrics and making floaty tops and dresses, not to mention the instant gratification of knocking out a summer garment in an evening or two. Here are a couple of simple dresses I made in a mad binge of pre-vacation sewing last month.
To be honest, this dress is kind of a disaster. You can see in the picture above that the elastic waistband is all wonky — a result of not being careful enough while cutting this shifty m*^@f^%# of a fabric. The bottom of the bodice piece was uneven but that didn’t become apparent until I had attached it to the skirt.
The neck binding doesn’t lay very flat. And to continue the disaster, while trimming away a seam allowance, I gouged a big crescent-shaped chunk out of the fabric on the back bodice. Gah! Here it is after a quick and dirty repair:
So crooked cutting, hole in fabric, wonky neckline, wonky waistline…but you know what? This busy print disguises EVERYTHING. It’s aaaaall good.
I even felt confident enough to wear this around Milan. There are some *very* fashionable people in that city. I certainly didn’t measure up but neither did I feel like a smelly old dog-chewed shoe next to all the beautiful people. LOL
Oh, and one other thing to add to the disaster-that-wasn’t-really-a-disaster story: I washed the dress during my vacation and hung it on our little patio to dry. The patio also happened to be where the air conditioning unit was located, and it proceeded to blow very hot air on my drying laundry. Which was basically the equivalent of throwing this rayon dress into the dryer! So it shrunk. But la vita e bella, because I think it looks even better now that it has shrunk a bit. It’s taken some of the wonk out of the whole thing. Compare the picture above (before shrinking) with below (post shrinking).
You may have seen in my recent posts (here and here) that I’ve made a couple of Santa Fe tees lately…it’s my new favourite t-shirt pattern. And what is summer without a t-shirt dress? So I ‘hacked’ the Hey June Santa Fe pattern by adding some length to it to make it an easy-going, loose dress.
Love the bound neckline on the Santa Fe…
…as well as the gently curving hemline.
Here’s my favourite picture featuring this dress, taken at the San Miniato al Monte abbey in Florence…photo by Dave Rose.
Elastic waistlines and no waistlines at all were the central theme of my sewing list before my trip to Italy. I planned on expanding my own waistline while there…and I certainly didn’t disappoint!
Let me show you some of the challenges the waistlines of these dresses faced during their time in Italy:
Ok, now here’s the picture I debated myself about showing you. This was an attempt to show how giant our apartment doorknobs were, but really it turned out to be evidence of my GIANT ITALIAN FOOD BABY that isn’t even hidden by the “loose” dress I’m wearing!
So now I’m off to sew a whole new wardrobe to fit my post-vacation bod. Oy.
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