Melbourne heat inspired me to come back to light gingham. Summer dress variation for teens (not necessary).
With all the things going on around I almost forgot about Tat’s dress. So today I’m taking a day off to be a cool mum. After dozen of sketches, I choose this combination. It was an interesting exercise to put together most of the things she wants in one outfit. No chance this dress wins a style award in my book, but my baby will be happy (providing…) The tiny bit is left now – to make it.
Never liked the mending jobs, more reasons to feel pleased with myself. Still serviceable and looks rather cool.
It happens like a magic. I see the roll of fabric, I touch it , and thoughts start to steer in my head. What’s the purpose of this dress? That one is easy as a rule. Satin or cotton, denim or jersey. Fabric chooses the season. Two ingredients are there. Best thing I can do now, is to let it go, stand back and watch the dress parade with my mind eye. I watch them amazed, how clever details are put together, what an understanding of technics . No, nothing revolutionary, but still new, never seen in this combination, style or silhouette. The hardest part is to choose. Well, here I do have a trick. I think of the occasion. Will it be a party, or day at home, special holiday at the seashore, or an every day thing. It does not happen every time, sometime I have to do sketch after sketch chasing illusive combination. But that is fun too.
Four more weeks and the school is over. Here I made something fitting for the hot weather ahead. My strictest critics approved. “Frilly but balanced” is the verdict. To prevent straps slipping off (can be a problem with sun dresses) I hid a soft elastic between the layers. Lettuce edge ruffle along the hem, cut on bias to make the pattern “play”. Happy summer, girls.
In my shop tomorrow.
With some minor hiccups my big computer is up and running. I was not idle meanwhile. Here is a new dress I put together, or rather an idea of a dress. Light to the touch and light on your eyes. Gives me felling of a beach, quiet morning breath with a promise of a sunny day of doing nothing. Needs a little more tweaking though.