The “Second Date Picnic” Dress
When my grandmother passed away, my family displayed this picture of her and my grandfather at the funeral. It was taken on their second date — a double-date Appalachian picnic with my great aunt and her husband. Pretty cuddly for the second date, right?
This picture makes me think of warm Kentucky weather. My grandmother’s dress looks airy and comfortable, perfect for a mountaintop picnic. I wanted to recreate that light, warm-weather feeling with my dress.
My grandmother was a great seamstress, so sewing anything at all is a tribute to her. To make it even more special, I debuted the dress at the Brooklyn Bell House‘s annual Kentucky Derby party.
I don’t resemble my grandmother — as the sole redhead, I don’t really look like anyone in my family — but I will think of her every time I wear this.
Fabric: Shirting from Mood Fabrics
Pattern: Colette Patterns Crepe. Slowly working my way through all the Colette Patterns I’ve collected.
Notions: None! This little baby has zero closures since it’s a wrap dress.
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: To a Kentucky Derby party. Perfect!
Wear again? Yes, after some alterations.
Lesson learned: I tend to always make the bust too large because I don’t want to call attention to that area, but after looking at the photos, the top looks too baggy and actually calls even more attention there. A fitted bust looks neater. I mean, there’s no hiding these things, right?
Total price: $40, using a Groupon at Mood, plus $18 for the pattern (which I plan on using again)