We have a dinner this week, a “dressy casual” at a nice-but-not-snooty restaurant for my husband and his fellow thesis-finishers. I have many dresses- cotton day dresses and silk cocktail dresses, but somehow nothing seemed quite right. It’s not a silk crowd. A lady should always be suitably dressed for a given occasion, right? I trolled The Vintage Pattern Wiki for halter dress inspiration. Click an image to visit its wiki page. Please enjoy the eye-candy!
I feel a batik obsession coming on after the Not-A-T-Shirt. A shop around the corner from my house (I used to work there, it’s Sewco Sewing Centre) carries a decent range of fine batiks, unfortunately only a few are online.
The batiks come from Indonesia. Though large wholesalers handle the export of the fabrics, many of the batiks from Indonesia support local village handcraft. I like that.
Luckily, I found the perfect batik- a sharp print in black and blue. Tropical but not tacky. I had my eye on it for a long time. It’s an extra-wide fabric, 240cm (roughly 2.5 yards), intended for a quilt backing. It’s a tight, dense weave, yet light and airy. I only needed 1.3m for a great big 50’s-style halter dress!
Which design elements appeal to you? Pert collars, petal hems, ingenious wrap treatments, or sweet simplicity? There’s so many ways to design a halter, I think I may need to make several of these dresses before the summer is over!