Between the muumuu and increasing time spent in my two me-made dresses (both seen here with my black Anna Vest), all I even want to think about wearing right now is dresses and sweaters. That is, very simple dresses that can go it alone with a pair of sandals in hot weather, or to my cold studio with a top layer and ankle boots — the latter to be replaced by heavier sweaters and tall boots when Fall rolls around.
When I say simple dresses, I mean dresses as quick and simple to sew as they are to throw on—
1. That top right sketch is one of the first I made when my beloved Fashionary Panels first appeared in my life (which have since become a full-blown addiction). It’s my Anna Vest over a little sack dress I still haven’t made but will take a stab at soon — a modification (less sleeve, more length) of an out-of-print Cynthia Rowley dolman-sleeve tunic pattern I’m always messing with. Or I might play around with April Rhodes’ Staple Dress pattern. I still like that shirred waist idea.
2. The second one is a modification of the Gallery Dress pattern I used for my linen dress. I absolutely love what the pleat at the bottom of the placket does to the way the lower part of the dress flows and hangs (especially when layered over). But for this one, rather than the placket, I just want to take the fabric that would be incorporated into the placket and make one giant pleat at the neckline — a little more interesting than a symmetrical box pleat would be. We’ll see how that goes! Sketched with the camel Channel Cardigan I intend to have done by Fall.
3. I recently drafted a little sleeveless top (still to be hemmed) and want to make it dress length. Super super simple — just a round neck, sleeveless, with a straight, split hem — drawn here with my Linen Quill cardigan in progress. I’m also suddenly wanting to make it muumuu length and see what’s that like.
I have a shelf full of fabrics waiting to be given something to do, so as soon as I prioritize these and sort out which fabric wants to be which, I’ll start cutting!
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