The “Everything’s Coming Up Rose City” Dress

It has been a long, overcast winter in Portland, Oregon and just when it seemed as though the weather was about to turn for the warmer, it unexpectedly snowed.  March broke records for rainfall and April is proving to be an absolute tease.  I admit that I knew was I was in for when I moved to the Pacific Northwest from California, but a girl can only so patient.  Bring on spring.  Real spring.  As in almost summer.  In Portland, summer is the big pay off and every sunny day is consciously admired and appreciated.  Oh, summer . . .

Summer in Portland is long bike rides, late night patios, movies in the park, cold local micro-brews on tap, backyard vegetable gardens, winter amnesia, and lots of roses.  The roses are highly visible and tangible evidence that summer has not only arrived but has settled in for a while.  Every Portlander I know waits out nine months of clouds for those three glorious months of summer.  I don’t think it’s coincidence that we also spend about nine months taking leisurely, damp walks through heavily pruned, thorny, naked rosebushes in anticipation of three months of beautiful blooms.  It just goes to show that we, the residence of “Rose City”, are an optimistic lot.

As spring is just now beginning to show her sunshiny face, my dress was the only thing rosy in my neighborhood’s rose garden.  I had to hunt out patches of sun for photos and nearly froze (slight hyperbole) without my jacket.  Just for the record, my sunglasses were for function, not fashion and that is proof enough for me that rosebuds and globs of sunscreen are in my future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom bought this fabric for me as a gift when I first moved to Portland, so it is especially fitting that it was used it for this week’s theme.  Regarding the dress pattern, I can’t say I am a huge fan of elastic waistbands, and I made this one a little too loose.  It kind of floats around me and the little tie I made doesn’t really fix that.  I might take it in, or maybe find a wide black belt to wear with this dress.  The print is so busy that a solid colored belt would probably be a nice touch.  In other news:  This dress has pockets.  I love that!

 

THE FACTS

  • Fabric:  Super slinky, floral satin.
  • Pattern: Simplicity 2360.
  • Year:  Contemporary.
  • Notions:  Thread & elastic.
  • Time to complete:  4-5 hours
  • First worn:  Last week for photos in the park.
  • Wear again?  Yes.  But perhaps belted.
  • Total price: $0

Author

Liz

Liz makes her home in continuously gray, but lovely, Portland, Oregon. The cloud cover and raindrops only contribute to her dressmaking habit. Liz believes that all dresses should have pockets and all pockets should hold kittens.

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  1. Gorgeous dress! I love the fabric! And I feel your pain about the weather though I’m one of the lucky Californians. We were having some great weather (then I went to Hawaii so it only made me want summer even more) and now the rain has come. I can’t complain, but I’m so ready for the sun to be out!

  2. Yes, I agree beautiful fabric. We’re wishing for summer patiently as well.

  3. What a pretty garden dress! It will probably be way more appreciated in the summer when it’s humid. Great job!

  4. Dude, I hope that dress works like a supernatural sun-dance to bring on the spring! Snow in March just isn’t right, and multiple hail showers? What is up with that? It’s time for the SUN!! That dress will suit the warm weather perfectly, and I think the belt around the waist will work a treat.

  5. Oh! It’s so pretty. I’m a sucker for rose print fabrics.
    Beautiful choice of pattern to match the fabric.

  6. I feel your pain. I have lived in Portland for almost all my life, and have been running into the “where are the flowers for my photo shoots” problem! But at least all the rain keeps Portland so lush and green, and sooner or later the April showers will bring May (or June) flowers.

    Happy sewing!

    Katrina

  7. I love Portland in the Summer, but Winter is ghastly. I can certainly relate because my daughter spent a very wet first semester at Portland State University, and we had to rescue her at Christmas. Your dress is very cute, and just right for the warmer weather. Love the fabric, your mom has good taste!

  8. That fabric is gorgeous, and I love what you’ve done with it. It looks just right. I also love your description of Portland (especially the first sentence of the second paragraph). Totally agree.

  9. What a gorgeous dress! I love the print and how you’ve used it in the dress, balancing the white on the skirt to the sleeves. The waist looks good from here, but as someone who is also not a fan of elastic waists, I feel you on wanting a belt.

  10. Serious fabric envy over here! I love that for such a lovely fabric, you chose a very simple patter–it suits. I totally feel you on the elastic waist though–I like a belt for a slightly more tailored look. :)