Hot! My “Bring on Summer” dress


My perfect “blue” accessory!

The Facts

Fabric: Turquoise, green and periwinkle print from stash, cotton/poly lining
Pattern: McCalls 9338
Year: 1998
Notions: 1 zipper from stash
Time to complete: 3 1/2 hours
First worn: June 2012
Wear again? Yes : )

Total Cost: Free!

Everyone who was stumped raise your hands!

Hallelujah and thank goodness to Mena for doing the On Trend board for inspiration. I looked through 4 months worth of Vogue and Elle, at pics of the various shows online and still…nothing. I played around with doing something with color blocking but somehow I just couldn’t get it together.

I went to Joann’s to look at prints but frankly nothing there floated my boat. I don’t like the really big prints, most of the fabrics they had were either completely uninspiring or downright awful and I didn’t have time for any advanced kind of shopping.

I looked through my stash of stuff and this piece kept beckoning to me. Last week it was 105 degrees out, and I loved my Vacation dress, it was SO comfy that I was tempted to make another. What I really wanted was something vintage-y, that I could wear to work or to dinner, that wasn’t too fussy AND would work in warmer temps. Being able to ride my bike in it would be fabulous but not necessary.

So this is as “trendy” as I’m going to get this week : ) Comfort and necessity won out and the fact that this was free was the clincher!

As far as the construction of the dress went it was clear and straightforward. The added bonus is that it is completely lined so no slip necessary, and while I was *hoping* that I could get away with no bra like last week I wasn’t too surprised when I couldn’t. What DID surprise me was the deep plunge of the neckline! I played with taking the shoulders up but then it tightens the sleeve and back area. I will, sadly, not be able to ride my bike in this, the sleeves are just too restricting BUT where there’s a will there’s a way so we’ll just have to play with things.

Why am I on a bed? I finished up my tablesetting blog…for now…last week, and am finally able to take a good look at my yard (eek!) and spent the weekend making lists (oh so many lists) and first up was putting together the outdoor bed. The MOMENT the bedding hit it so did the animals! This is our favorite hangout during the summer months, the best place to read a book, take a nap, dream…

And my dog, who, up to now, has been VERY reticent about having her picture taken decided to become a goofball since my face wasn’t hidden behind some big black thing. I had to learn a completely new photo skill today as ALL my photographers were unavailable! Rather than skip a challenge, since I finished the dress, I decided to just set up shop in the back yard and go for it. I figured out the timer feature all by myself!  Not the greatest pics by far BUT I did it although I sorely missed my daughters help and bad jokes : )

There were a few like this, although you can see the dress pretty well and Romera looks adorable : )

I thought about doing another gif that shows her tail wagging but the last one took MANY hours and resulted in a repetitive strain injury that all my co-workers just shook their heads over (I work in Ergonomics and knew exactly what I was doing wrong but did that stop me from doing it? Noooo……) so just take my word for it : )

While this may not be as “trendy” as some it makes me happy and in the end isn’t that what any piece of clothing or outfit should do? Bring on summer!

Can you believe we’re halfway through the year?

Time to snuggle?




Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do. I like the simplicity of the dress and your hair looks amazing. Nice necklace too!

  2. You always look so pretty and this is no exception.

    Plus, 10 extra points for having an outdoor bed with sheets! Man oh man, I want one. As a former denizen of the Bay Area….perfect weather for sleeping outside!

    • Thank you so much Colleen! Yes, we love the outdoor bed, may sleep out there this weekend if it warms up like “they” say it will.

  3. My tail’s wagging! (((hugs))) hope you’re feeling better. You and Romera both look gorgeous. I have yet to meet her. What kind of hinting do I have to do?

  4. Hi Loran, I definitely giggle. That is the cutest dog. Love the dress, for sure you wouldn’t have trouble hailing a cab in NYC!

    • Ha!! Love that, if and when I’m in New York I’ll remember to bring this dress so I have no trouble hailing a cab :) Thanks Krista!!

  5. Fun in the sun an under the stars at night? So lucky to be able to sleep outdoors! What a good idea! Kudos to making something so pretty from your stash. The color really suits you.

    • Thank you Barbara : ) We (the animals and I) are loving the outdoor bed. It gets a little full, though, when you’ve got a dog, five cats and a couple chickens all wanting to snuggle.

  6. Great colour for you Loran, and yes clothing should make you happy, this is why I sew. Romera is so handsome. Have a great week under the stars. Dreamy.

    • Thanks Kazz, this is our summer hang-out. Romera spent almost a year and a half in a shelter so she’s just learning about sleeping outside, under the stars, on a down comforter : )

  7. What lovely pictures and a fun dress. I can see that you are very loved.

  8. Your Blue Terrier and your Blue dress are both gorgeous!

  9. An outdoor bed is the best idea!! So jealous of your Bay Area weather…it’s too sticky and humid to enjoy an outdoor nap out my way. Your dress certainly beckons summer — the colors, especially with your gorgeous hair are perfect. Just lovely, Loran. And, your little dog too!

  10. Well done on sussing the timer feature on your own….I don’t know if I’d have worked that one out myself without being shown by my daughter. Love the blues (yes, like the ocean and the sky they make me happy too) and that’s a lovely blue accessory you have there :)