Monday, August 19, 2019

Red Sundress, Almost Kitschy

This is a summer work dress: cool and breezy in 100% cotton, printed and dark enough to look decent through splashes and dirt from canning and gardening, and not restrictive at all for lifting and bending and wrangling and the full workout. I love it!


The bandanna fabric could be cutesy and kitschy; I sort of itched to pair it with rick rack or calico or even some crocheted lace.  But no: cute is not my look.  But still: I wanted just a little pizzazz somewhere.


  Look closely at the yoke in the front:  I hand-sewed running stitches in black and white perle cotton around some of the circles and squares!  Subtle and happy. 

Also, inside the dress, I made the channel for the drawstring out of striped blue cotton and finished the hem in light blue bias tape.  I really need a little fizz somewhere in my clothes, a little patchwork effect if you will.


I used this dress pattern seven years ago, the second dress I ever made for myself.  This time around, I did not widen the bodice, and I'm really pleased with the fit.  I wish I had made the red dress a touch longer.  Also, I have to say I no longer own that plaid sundress because the fabric turned out to be part polyester as plaids often can be, and I really cannot abide that wrapped-in-plastic feeling in the summer.

Genevieve took these photos of me as I ripped the unholy mess of cucumbers out of my raised beds.  That was extremely satisfying. 

13 comments:

  1. You are so beautiful! Love your creative expression in your handmade clothing.

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  2. It's so wonderful to have you back.

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  3. It would never occur to me to garden in a dress! Still, that gardening dress is very cute and looks super comfortable. Your photographer daughter has a good eye and a steady hand. Cheers!

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  4. It is the perfect dress for gardening!

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  5. How cute! Your garden looks great! What did you plant, and what are you canning?

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  6. Nancy, I planted cucumbers, herbs, and peppers. I have volunteer tomatoes and berry bushes from other years. So far, I've canned lots of pickles, frozen some corn and berries, and have plans for tomatoes and apples coming up.

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  7. It's so awesome!! Love it! And you're adorable as always. :) Do you wear slipshorts underneath? I LOVE them under dresses for summer--keep thighs chafe-free and provide extra coverage for sudden breezes. They're cheap and basically make any skirt/dress into a skort!

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  8. Hi Rachel, I typically choose dress and skirt fabric that allows me to skip a slip :) Are the slipshorts cotton? If they're poly or something, I would not wear them. I'm all about cotton and linen in the summer.

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  9. nope, they're synthetic. but super breathable. i like them because i hate worrying about how i'm sitting or moving in a dress and it gives me extra coverage. and not all skorts fit me well. but i get the natural fabric in the summer!!

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  10. Your blog is my favourite! Love seeing things you make😄💛🙏

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  11. Hope nothing has happened to you since you haven't blogged in a while!

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  12. I see I'm not the only one to miss your blog. Hope you and your family are well!

    Mary Beth

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