I've been itching to sew some dresses of my own design lately. A couple weeks ago I took a spur-of-the-moment day trip to Boston to walk around and get better acquainted with the city. While I was there, I noticed so very many lovely summery dresses that I couldn't help it--the next day, I sat down on the floor and drafted out a pattern, cut it out, and sewed it.
There are a few things that make this dress special. First of all, the "sleeves" are short enough that the dress is cool in hot summer weather, but they are still long enough that one needn't worry about special undergarments--anything will do, really. Meanwhile, the sleeves are flattering. The full skirt hem falls right about at the knee, making the dress flattering, cool in hot weather, modest, and versatile.
The dress has no fussy zippers that threaten to eat up delicate fabrics. Instead, it features a generous amount of fabric cinched with a sash at the waist (as in the cream and yellow dress in photos below) or just below the bust (as in the green dress). Because of the adjustable sash which is secured by a casing, the dress can fit a variety of sizes. I have found this feature to be beneficial during the course of large meals. Ahem. The silhouettes are lovely; in the yellow dress, the waist sash emphasizes and enhances the waist, and in the green dress, the empire sash deemphasizes the waist and middle while drawing attention to one's collarbones, bust, neck and face.
One of my pet peeves is a garment that requires several other garments in order to be wearable (the dress that requires a special undergarment and tights; the top that requires a camisole beneath and a cardigan above... you know the type). I am pleased to say that this dress is entirely self-sufficient: throw it on and get on with your life (though so many compliments seem to follow me everywhere I go in these two dresses that you won't exactly be able to forget you're wearing it).
I am now in the process of stitching up a few of these for my shop in cool summery shades of green and blue, so you will soon be able to have your own! As always, no two Merry Had A Little Lamb items ever look exactly alike--they always vary in styling, color, motif, or some other obvious element. I'm also working on several dyeing projects for the summer collection. In other words, all sorts of exciting things are happening in my studio right now! So keep an eye out for shop and project updates right here on my blog.
Must dash--I have work to do. :)
P.S. Tomorrow I begin a weaving class at MassArt in Boston. I'm terribly excited, and I suspect bits of Boston will find their way into some of my posts over the next couple of months.