Linen Decorated Mini Dress
Guess who ran into some more Anna Sui at Mood. I swear, it’s like I’m one of those dogs that sniffs out truffles. It’s not like she has a specific named shelf. Sure, I find her in the “Designer” section…but this yardage was lounging on the bottom floor, in a colorful little bin of medium weight cotton & linen bolts. Next to shirting. NEXT TO SHIRTING.
No offense, Shirting. You’re just not my cup of tea.
But this craziness was right up my alley! My first thought was a maxi skirt, but in the end, it wanted to be short. It told me so, in very loud tones. And luckily (tragically?) the weather is playing nice… I had zero problems wearing this out on the street today. Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we have arrived at that period in humanity’s history where the closet needs to be All Seasons All The Time. Like an All Skate for temperatures!
(Imagine Fall and Summer, clumsily skating hand in hand, like a couple of awkward teenagers…makes it way less apocalyptic, no?)
Oh, would you like to know about the dress? ME TOO. Let’s just get full armageddon here, and talk about how fast time is flying. Time is literally fleeting at a hopped up rate. Go on, google it. Like Climate Change, this is an Actual Thing Happening Now. Fun.
Too much time has passed for total recall. My brain has just enough space for the twelve things I’m working on at any given moment, and when something is completed, GET OUT. NO VACANCY!
But I do recall using the bottom portion of the Salme Yoke Dress, and the By Hand London Polly top. It was intended to be a playset, but I didn’t like the proportions. I ripped off the skirt waistband, and used the box pleats as a guide to cinch in the top, attaching it to the dress. With 8 pleats altogether, it feels as if I’m wearing a super comfortable belt– which, actually, I probably would do, when wearing in “real life.” Do you find that you don’t accessorize as much when taking blog shots? Gotta see the sewing!
My favorite part of this dress is also the part that gave me the most headache: the hem. Banging out that decorative stitching in neon thread was super fun, but then…I fringed the edges of the linen. It hung so stiffly, I looked more vintage Cher than trendy Bohemian. So I cut off the fringe, turned the (unseen) third row of diamonds under, and added two more rows of stitching. The hem stands out now, almost as if I had inserted horsehair. I love it!
If you’re craving some linen, there’s a nice array here— this romantic number is 10 per yard. And if you feel like sniffing out some truffles, check under the Famous Designer & Famous NY Designers categories. There are a LOT of gems in there, and who knows what name will arrive at your door! (And if you end up with Anna Sui, expect me for cocktails.)