Phew! It was so hot when I was taking these photos!! Miraculously I look fairly cool and collected, but trust me, friends, I was anything but! My serene countenance has everything to do with this Month’s Mood Sewing Network make. This dress makes me feel like a Summer goddess, y’all!
I bought a couple generous yards of this Limeade/White Tribal Leaf Print Viscose Crepe from Mood Fabrics online a few months back, thinking it might make a nice maxi dress one of these days. It was actually a bit of a funny purchase for me because I can honestly say, prior to this dress, I don’t think I’ve ever worn this shade of chartreuse before. In fact, not only have I never worn it, but I’m pretty sure I’d go out of my way to avoid wearing it, thinking it would do heinous things to my complexion. So why did I buy 4 yards of it? Your guess is as good as mine! I’m thinking some “Color Me Beautiful” era deity must have been whispering in my ear, because not only does chartreuse not do heinous things to my complexion, it actually makes me feel like a bronze bombshell!
Viscose is quickly becoming one of the fibers I keep an eye out for. It’s just really a joy to wear. This crepe has a pleasant weight to it, but with a very fluid drape. It’s crepe-like texture gives it a pleasant spring, and the overall hand is very soft and almost cotton-y. It doesn’t stick to the skin, like silk sometimes can, in the heat and humidity, and — this may seem like a strange thing to brag about in a fabric — it doesn’t show sweat, which is critical in a summer dress for me!
The pattern is the Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress view B. This dress has made it’s rounds in the sewing blog world, and every time I see an iteration I sigh and think how wonderfully lovely it is. Like wearing chartreuse, I have no idea what took me so long to make this dress! All I can say is that I’m extremely happy to own the pattern now because I would like a couple more of these! The shoulder-baring style is just so feminine and lovely, and this type of hip-skimming skirt is one of my absolute favorites. I’m also really into this length — would we call it tea length? It’s perfect for wearing with my flat sandals, which, lets be honest, is really what I live in all summer long.
The fit on the bodice is extremely forgiving due to the knotted and adjustable straps. My bodice is actually a smidgen loose, particularly through the bust, but I’m able to just hoist everything into place and it’s fine. I did a lapped zipper for the closure, definitely unusual for me, but it’s nice to dust off techniques that don’t get a lot of use now and then — if only to prove to yourself that you can still do them!
I really do love summer sewing — I could probably sew nothing but sundresses and be a happy camper! Especially such bright, and flattering ones like this! What is your favorite season to sew for?