It’s springtime in Queensland, which means jasmine everywhere. I miss the scent of honeysuckle summers. I enjoy the jasmine season, it feel deliciously exotic to walk outside on a warm jasmine-scented evening.
I stalled for a few days on the dress construction while I tried to find a belt. Ivory belts are indecently hard to find in Brisbane at the moment. I eventually settled for a skinny belt, only to look at it in sunlight and realize it is too gray to go with the dress.
Today, I decided to finish the dress and try it without a belt.
In my next iteration of this dress, I won’t “slope” the neckline so much. I’ll just drop the jewel neckline straight down 4.5″ for an extremely elongated oval. I believe my sloper/block needs a little tweaking in the bust area. Other than that, I’m happy with the draft.
This dress hits my criteria for casual summer dresses:
- Simple, with a little design interest
- Machine Washable
- “Ease-y”- not closely fitted (especially under the arms), to allow optimal air circulation
- Breathable fabric- the breeze passes straight through this cotton/rayon slub-crepe
- Lined skirt for opacity
I couldn’t pinpoint the texture of this fabric when I first started working with it, but now I know- lightweight terry or toweling, almost like a spa wrap. It’s not obnoxious (especially for free fabric), but firmly casual. In keeping with the casual vibe, I’ll wear it with pretty, bright colored flats. I don’t think a belt is necessary.
What’s that stuck to my hem?
My iron died. Its last act was to belch rusty water all over the kickpleat during my final press. BLAST. Then the iron overheated and ruined my teflon shoe. (Or so I thought. I took it outside to rid the house of electrical fire stink and once it cooled, the shoe looked fine. Weird.) Way to take the wind out of my sails, Iron.
I’m not sure what to do about this. A cursory google search leads me to believe I probably won’t get the rust out. I hate to give up on this dress, it’s insanely comfortable and I know I’ll reach for it constantly this summer if I can fix it. Ideas??
Now I can focus on knocking out a few of the simpler pieces from the Summer 2012 Wardrobe, (I could use some simple woven shells) or perhaps work through a stack of Husband t-shirts. I can’t work on my Robin Suit or red linen pants or playing with summer tailoring ideas until they deliver my roll of silk organza…