Hot! Ask: 5/30/11

How would you describe your perfect summer dress? What's stopping you from making it?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I asked myself this question this morning as I was looking through my patterns trying to decide what to make. Here’s what I concluded about my ideal summer dress: it should be a print (multi colors make it more versatile for accessorizing); it should expose collarbone and/or shoulders; the skirt should be full or a-line–nothing fitted from the waist down; and it should not have too many fussy parts–button bands, notched collars, blah blah blah.

  2. Vintage, cheerful colours – I even have a few patterns. The vintage lengths of fabric I do not have. The call for 4-5 yards is a bit cost prohibitive!

  3. I think it should be a fun print…soft fabric with minimum of construction.
    It should flow nicely about the body and flatter…certainly it must flatter :-D

  4. My ideal summer dress would be sublimely comfortable and make me look like a 1950’s Italian film star.
    You wouldn’t hear me complain if it had a v-neck and showed off my waist and legs while minimizing my overachieving hips and lackluster biceps.
    I’d probably make it out of navy blue linen and wear it with my straw-colored, open-toed mules or new Keds sneakers.
    What’s stopping me? Time and energy. I just need to bite the bullet and do it, but first I want to try making a simple gathered seersucker skirt for next weekend.

  5. Definitely lightweight. And probably a color that won’t show the sweat running down my back. It also has to be work appropriate so I can get tons of wear out of it.
    What’s stopping me? Probably the bazillion other unfinished projects I have laying around my apartment!

  6. I L-O-V-E a floor-length jersey halter dress for summer. Here on the west coast, it always gets chilly at night, so the extra length is a Godsend. Plus, a long dress looks more sophisticated, like I tried, even though I never try.
    I even have Simplicity 2405 and three yards each of a Palm Springs-inspired print and a gorgeous charcoal jersey sitting right here. But I just haven’t gotten around to it yet! :-)

  7. The perfect summer dress should be color blocked with Straps and pockets. I hate caring a purse in the summer! Time is my only enemy!

  8. Oh I’ve got the perfect fabric, patterned, bright but girly, lightweight and super drapey. And I want a dress just like my Sookie dress (60s fitted shift dress) but with a fuller skirt, which I’m sure I could easily throw together (plus it would make me have to transfer the alterations I made for the first dress back onto the pattern which I should really do before I forget them!). Sadly this week I have 2 uni assignments, and the full time job, so no sewing for me until the weekend.. boo.

  9. My perfect summer dress is a flower print and is sleeveless, but as I have gotten older and my skin and shape have changed I thought I would never wear a sleeveless dress again. But just this month I decided I don’t care that I have skin that hangs a bit. I am old and I am proud of it and I am going to start wearing sleeveless again so maybe I will make myself some nice summer dresses with out sleeves.

  10. My perfect summer dress is someone that flows in the wind. My challenge is just finding the time in the week to sew. I’m trying a new game plan and decided to cut out several projects and leave them by the machine to hopefully work on them is small installments over the week.