How much do I love this dress? ------------------------>infinity
I love the airiness of the body of the dress, and the fit through the shoulders. I love the collar, with it's quirky pleats. I love that the collar stands up, or folds down, and seems to find a place of rest on my own collarbones.
I love that the dress is open and feminine and suggestive of my form underneath, without highlighting every detail. I do not have the body of a lanky model-I am short, muscular, and curvy. My figure has never suggested a languid lady as we often see on envelope art. Hiker, camper, rider, survivor-my body is strong and looks it. Any clothing which highlights my softer side is welcome.
When first looking at the pattern pieces, I could not fathom why one was shaped like Lake Michigan and another like a paramecium. And, what about those half circles? At least those were clearly the circles of the Cirque dress.
It is a fun dress to sew, especially if you enjoy jigsaw puzzles!
I sewed this in a small and must confess that the fit isn't perfect through the bust. This is entirely my fault and I now must wear the one bra which does not lift my girls upwards. I do want to make the dress again, with some attention to fitting the bust area. The shoulders are just right, and the length is fine. I am 5'1" and I did not change anything on the pattern to allow for petite.
Highly recommended for those of you who love a summer dress, and have a slightly artsy vibe.
I leave you with more Arizona blooms: yellow bell in the middle, Texas ranger not yet blooming, and hibiscus with a layer of annuals. Click to biggify and ignore that hideous plastic pot.