I absolutely love the beginning of summer here in the desert. Getting up early to beat the heat is fun, and coming back to an air-conditioned house after working with Nick feels so luxurious. Glasses of ice water, then peeling off wet and filthy riding clothes, and finally showering and cooling off are blessings in this climate.
There is absolutely no way that I would wear tight clothing during this season. I have sewn a few dresses this month, and they reflect my need to stay cool! First up is M6885 and the review is found here-M 6885 review
This shirtdress is loose fitting with a pleat below the "popover" placket (say that really fast three times). The collar and placket are standard but the shape of the dress is a slight lantern due to the pleat. It's cute but not entirely flattering to an hourglass shape. I do like the color blocking and will try this pattern again, reducing the overall length of the bottom band.
Next up is another loose-fitting shirtdress but this is an adaptation of a Sewing Workshop pattern for the Florence shirt. I extended the length by 2 7/8 inches and moved the horizontal pleats down near the hem. I like the way the pleats force the vent (my addition) to open, allowing the front of the dress to hang higher than the back. The Florence shirt comes with long sleeves, and I only had a bit over 2 yards of a lovely checked voile. So, I altered the sleeve pattern to make very short sleeves. I like this dress a lot, and think the pattern will become much used in my stash.
Some great features:
pleated and angled
My review is found on PatternReview click here
I entered this dress in the Shirtdress Contest and hope I get some love :-) The contest gallery is found right here. Please take a moment to enjoy the gallery and vote if you are interested. The voting ends on the 25th I believe. Thanks!!