Dress #2 all finished! Have I mentioned how much I loooovve this pattern? It is so flattering on. I probably lean more toward a pear shape but I really think it could look fabulous on any body type. Shapely enough to flatter womanly curves, but still loose enough to hide any, ahem, problem areas (like my Dr. Pepper tummy pooch) and--most importantly--feel amazing on. I did make sure that I picked the softest cotton fabrics, too, which is important. I'd love to make one in a drooly cotton double gauze, particularly a purple one with unicorns (eeekkk!!) but I just haven't been able to convince myself to spend $18 a yard on--admittedly exquisite--fabric for myself. I think I'll just dig through my stash a little longer and experiment with some vintage thrift store finds first--then splurge.
I have discovered that I have to deliberately shop for fabric for clothes with nothing else in mind. The patterns and colors I tend to naturally gravitate toward are usually not patterns and colors that I want to wear on my body. I fell in love with the blue Moda print for my first sundress only after the fact. I realized later that I would not have even considered buying it had I not been looking for dress fabric.
I got to wear dress #1 out to a outdoor concert with the kids recently. Not a kid's concert, a real grown up concert, but we all had a great time. A dear friend was asked to head up a local band and open up for Jeremy Camp and we couldn't miss that for the world. (If you are the curious kind, you can see him here.) The whole concert was fabulous and so worth the four pounds of water I sweat (sweated?) in my new dress. I even made a video! It's not good, but it's my first bootleg concert video (do they even call it that anymore??) so I think it's cool. If you can make it past the first 30 seconds, it gets better. I was definitely not alone in recording that night. The audience was a literal sea of tiny glowing screens from all of the cell phones and digital cameras being held in the air. Who needs lighters anymore?