The “Summer at 2 degrees” dress
Fabric: “Carnaby Street” fabic by Robert Kaufman, from stash; silk twill (for lining), £6/metre
Pattern: Truffle Dress by Colette Patterns
Notions: 24″ invisible zip, £3
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~£6
Temperatures have been down close to freezing here in the UK, and we’re expecting snow any time soon, so I needed something summery for this week’s challenge. Perfect timing: this fabric’s been waiting for the right project for well over a year, and it’s got summer printed all over it – there’s the butterflies for a start, but also that vivid blue and orange-red remind me of the intense beight days we sometimes get in July and August. I’d just finished a muslin for the Truffle dress (the number one reason I asked for the Colette Sewing Handbook for Christmas!) so challenge, fabric, and pattern all fell into place.
I left off the gorgeous Truffle frill, firstly because I wanted a really simple outline to let the print get centre-stage. And second, because it’s more wearable over tights or leggings – I didn’t want to wait til the weather warms up! This week I wore it out for lunch with a long cardigan, leggings and boots.
It’s definitely one I’ll wear again and again – though it’ll be as a layered look for a long time yet! Hence my ‘Please hurry up and take this picture!’ pose.
In the middle of a wood. In January. To the amazement of bemused hikers passing by. Oh, the things we do for you, Sew Weekly.