I go whiny this time of year, whining about the heat, the sun, the insomnia… It is hot, though I see a perk- summer dresses. This past month, I notice I reach for Cleopatra, Blueberry Parfait, and Terra Incognita more than anything else. They’re far and away most comfortable of anything I own. Maybe it’s all dresses all the time for me this summer- light, inexpensive and above all comfortable.
I picked up a blue and white cotton duvet cover, “Bladvass,” from Ikea’s clearance bin the other day. It’s open-weave, which will feel great to wear. The yellow is a thin cotton voile, in a color I adore but can’t usually wear. I’ll line the skirt and the upper bodice with yellow.
I hate wearing bras in this weather. I do, of course, but as soon as I’m at home that’s it. (TMI?) That doesn’t mean I don’t want support, so I sometimes build bras into casual dresses. The subject came up when I made a halter-back dress recently, so this will be a great opportunity to document how I do it.
The Bladvass (“Reeds”) dress will be backless for comfort with a full skirt and a midriff section. I also see a ruched upper bodice section, ridiculously oversized 1950’s pockets, and a half-circle skirt attached to a yellow midriff. Too much? Carolyn suggested using an asymmetric hem with off-set lining to allow a contrast to show. What if a half-octagon peeked out a few inches below the smooth half-circle Bladvass skirt? Mmmmm…..
I know my posts have been all over the place lately, but this week I’m digging in for solid sewing. I’ve been dying to make another dress for rotation so I’m focusing on this dress only. (And a post on what to do with big, fat darts from an FBA.)