The “Lovely Linen” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Black and white linen fabric and white cotton for lining ( 3 yards each from Jo Ann's; ~$30 total)
Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 1 invisible zipper from stash
Time to complete: 6
First worn: June 2011
Wear again? Yes – to a fancy summer party!
Total Cost: $30
Confession time: I have never been to a horse race. I have seen a turtle race, a duck race, a sack race, a dog race and sadly been witness to drag racing in my teenage years (sorry mom!) But never the classic grab-your-hat-and-a-mint-julep-and-let's-see-some-horses! kind of affair. I have, however, played host to a few Kentucky Derby parties at my home and Royal Ascot parties at my London dorm room. These event revolve around three things: races, hats and booze. All three are required for a successful event, but the hat is probably the most important element.
As I learned during my time abroad, having a killer hat is nothing if you don't have a great looking dress on to complement it. That's why I was super excited when I heard about this challenge – a black and white stunner to show off my crazy looking horse race hat? The one with the tiny horse on it? Yes please!
I have passed over this Project Runway Simplicity pattern in my stash many times, but hadn't yet found the right project for it. The awful cover did not help matters. After finding some lovely black and white linen at Jo Ann's, I finally decided to give it a go! I was so glad I did – the pattern is easy, cute and classis. Oh, and includes lots of design options, so I can make this summer version and then make one with sleeves for the fall!
The fabric was very easy to work with, much more wearable for the literal 100 degree heat (38 C) we are having right now in Texas than the poly number I made a few weeks back. Dang Texas – why you gotta be so hot? Anywho, the dress breathes, which is much better than I'm doing when I'm outside. It's hot y'all!
Overall, I would wear this dress again to any summer party I get invited to – as long as I get to wear my hat!