Panel Print Halter Dress
Last weekend, I realized July was almost over, and I with no finished MSN project for the month! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?!
PROBABLY BUSY THINKING ABOUT SUMMER.
Luckily, I had two panel prints straight from Italy in my hands this month: this 70s-tastic Italian poly, and another try at the mountain scene that gave Ruggy such grief. Unfortunately (perhaps karmically?), a second attempt at reconstructing those mountains gave me nothing but misery.
Well, it gave me gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, maybe a good roll of the eye. I don’t do misery in sewing. And any fail in sewing is an opportunity for a walk down “What Was I Drinking” Lane (which I’ll visit soon on my blog. Let’s just say, don’t put 5 layers of cotton jersey in a summer strapless bodice.)
SPEAKING OF SUMMER! It’s here! The 90 degree temps and occasional monsoons prove it, and I couldn’t be happier! I don’t understand the scowls on the faces of New Yorkers. Summer heat is awesome. Even in this poly print, the heat is awesome! However, I decided to shoot this puppy in our non-air-conditioned, windows wide-open apartment, for the sake of not having to battle angry, hot, outdoor citizens alone, as Ruggy couldn’t shoot this one.
He’s not a fan of the back. But it makes me laugh so hard it hurts. What a perfectly placed blossom! One could almost say I am exploding flowers! (One might have actually said that, just not in those words, and one might have been Ruggy.)
I knew this wasn’t his style going in, and that knowledge is likely the reason behind adding those thigh high slits. Husband pleasing, and wonderfully breezy. The pattern is Burda Magazine 07-09-124, Halter Tie Dress. It’s supposed to have a wrap back, but I just used the CB marking as my foldline. Two pattern pieces, two panels, add slits, make a tie, whambamthankyama’am, July project saved!
I love using panel prints, because they force you to think differently. And by virtue of print, they sort of force you to cut into the fabric, just to figure out what to do next! Sometimes I feel like they make themselves. Ever tried one?