So after assessing my wardrobe for Self-Stitched September and deciding that some of my old things could happily be rejected because I hadn't worn them in months; I spied (with my little eye) this dress in the potential toss-outs, and kinda fell in love again. The colours are exactly what I am dreaming about for this spring/summer season; and funnily enough the new fabrics I've just bought in Tessuti Melbourne are all variations on this kind of smudgy sludgy khaki/chocolate/grey/taupe kind of a colour...
So, like the prodigal dress, it has been welcomed back into the fold with open arms and joyful coos of delighted discovery and is back into circulation. It's nice for warmish days when I'm aiming for edgily smart.
When I first made this dress I mentally dubbed it the Futuristic Nun, and I still feel a cross between space-age, thanks to the shiny but still quite rugged nature of the taupe stuff; and ecclesiastical, thanks to the severe cut of the tunic contrasting with the snowy white virtue of the attached petticoat.
The whole dress is quite shapeless, slips over my head easily, and is only given form by the (also attached) thin white velvet ribbon that wraps around my waist several times and ties in a loose monastic knot.
Dress; partly my own design, based on Burda 8511, taupe stuff(?), white cotton, velvet ribbon
Sandals; Franco Burrone, from Marie Claire shoes