That time of year…

28 Oct

It’s That Time Of Year: the Build Up to our wet season. It’s not just hot and humid but really hot and humid. Soggy. Soooo……

Sewing for this time of year … floofy dresses!!!

I started making and wearing floofy dresses for the build up a few years ago, and it makes a big difference to how I cope with this kind of weather. Floofy is defined by no clingy fabric, no waist definition, though empire line is usually ok. And ruffles, coz they’re fun. But they also create a bit of swirl which helps keep things cooler too. Secret nighties.

Because things get washed to death quite quickly here, the floofy dresses from previous years were all worn out. So this year I started early to make more.

I’ve also gone through a pretty marked style change in the past year or so. I’m more into plain, textured fabrics than patterns. Like I said, HUGE change, after a lifetime of bright pretty, fun prints.

I sewed this dress earlier this year just for fun, but it’s also proved to be a great Floofy Dress. sdrsdrsdr

It’s based on this dress I found here. It reminded me of Anne of Green Gables, the outfit she was wearing when she climbed the roof and tried walking along it. I love Anne of Green Gables, and that dress and apron type thing, and since I am named after her (middle name) I thought I’d give it a go.

https://www.sondeflor.com/products/iris-blue-flattering-apron?variant=28199769345

This is actually a dress and apron. Only thing is, except for 3 weeks in the middle of the year (some but not every year) one layer of medium-weight fabric is all you ever want. Medium is best as lighter fabric doesn’t give you much sun protection.

https://www.sondeflor.com/collections/aprons/products/iris-blue-flattering-apron?variant=28199769345

So I set about trying to make a one layer dress that looked like an apron and under-dress. The dark blue is some of that gorgeous stretch cotton sateen Spotlight’s does a great line of. I thought it might be a bit heavy but it wasn’t, as the dress sits nicely away from my body.

Here I am in my dress, camouflaged in Spotlight behind the bolt of blue fabric it came from. The Spotties salespeeps are used to me being in camouflage, by now, and indeed help take photos like this of me in my native habitat.

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The light colour/underdressy-looking bit is a craft cotton from their standard quilting cotton plains range. Funny thing, I went to so much trouble to get a cream that looked just right with the fabric, but didn’t sallow me out. Then forgot cool blue dyed fabrics tend to run. So the first time I washed the dress, in spite of having washed the fabrics separately before I sewed them, the blue ran and the cream went a delicate icy blue. Very nice! So not that perfect cream colour though 😀

I used this pattern, McCalls 6102, which has become my basic go-to block for shift dresses

McCall's Misses' Dress In 2 Lengths 6102

The ruffle round the top (which I decided would be cooler than the peter pan collar of the inspiration dress) is a simple long rectangle gathered on with a channel for the ribbon. I expanded the sleeve pieces to be puffed. Because Anne of Green Gables… ’nuff said?

The back section is a big pleat, that starts at the top of the dress, and the gaps that open between the buttons reveal the cream/ice blue fabric. Then I put a ruffle round the entire bottom of the dress, on the blue attaching it an inch or up from the hem on the inside to mimic an underdress.

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I was so successful in making it look like two dresses I’ve had some fun having to explain it to people when I get the inevitable compliments.

2 Responses to “That time of year…”

  1. Katherine October 29, 2019 at 7:56 am #

    Dressing for the tropics is another skill altogether! So clever to make your two-dress / one-dress modification.

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