The ‘Jumping in Puddles’ Dress
Fabric: 3 yards of Japanese cotton print. On sale for $24
Pattern: Colette Parfait. Second use so $0
Notions: 2 leftover buttons and red piping from stash, and red zipper $1.50
Time to Complete: 5 hours
First worn: January 21st, 2012. I paired it up with a cardigan so I wasn’t freezing. I was indoors watching a dance competition all day.
Wear again: Yes!
Total Price: $25.50
Well the Bay Area finally decided that it’s winter! We were having a wonderful warm spell when the rain finally started. But that’s just in time for the this week’s theme – celebrating the opposite season in honor of our friends down under! Now I could officially say that it was the winter… and make a summer dress. Wait, that’s crazy!
It’s only fitting that the dress be Colette’s Parfait. I made a version of this last year that was probably the dress that I wore the most last summer. I thought I would save some time by having the pattern already cut out, but I probably used all of that saved time back up by the details.
I added a red piping to the middle of the dress and pockets. I used Adey’s tutorial to insert the piping, and while it was time consuming, I totally love how it changes the look of the dress. I also had two red buttons leftover from the last Parfait that I made, so I used them for the straps. I left the buttons off of the pockets since I already had red piping on them.
It had just rained the morning of my photos and it was a tad chilly, but I put on my galoshes and ran outside to get some pictures. I know, I know – California winters are wimpy and I have nothing to complain about.
I actually ended up wearing it for the rest of the day, but more sensibly paired with a cardigan and a jacket. Luckily, I was indoors for most of the day so it was doable. But I can’t wait for summer so I can wear this more often!