Rainy days and Mondays should never happen at the same time. That's all I have to say on the matter. I didn't want to get out of bed this morning, and I certainly didn't have the motivation to wear anything springlike in this gray and dreary, definitely unspring-like weather. I'm still recovering from a double food coma this weekend – dinner out Friday and then again with the family on Sunday. I'm definitely not showing this dress off on me because I'm still too uncomfortable to zip it up!
BWOF 3/08 #113 is my salute to spring dress. I really loved the wedding gown version of this dress with the flutter sleeves. It looked very vintage, and when I found this Liberty print paisley in NY recently, I knew they belonged together. As I said before, this dress is cut a little more snug than the photographs would lead you to believe. I'm always a 38 in BWOF, generally without any alterations, so it really bugs me when they cut something narrower than expected. (I'm also bugged because apparently I'm even wider than expected in the same area; I had a traumatic moment yesterday with an accurate scale and I don't think I'm eating again until I leave for Paris).
I love how this dress turned out. I underlined the entire dress, with the exception of the sleeves, in white cotton batiste. This was for structure and modesty since the paisley was both very soft and somewhat sheer. Because I thought this dress looked so vintage, instead of using a button and loop closure or a pin at the top of the neck, I sewed the edges together and used a self-fabric bow made out of some leftover bias strip. Somewhere deep in the closet I have a vintage dress with a similar treatment and I really think it works with this fabric.
Even though this isn't quite the fit I had intended when I cut the dress out, it does fit – and will fit better very shortly, believe me! – and I can't wait to wear it. If only the sun would come out. The lilacs have almost finished blooming in my back yard and the peonies have started, but the rain is blowing them away almost before they're fully open. I ran out back this a.m. and put fencing around the bush to keep it from collapsing under its own weight.
Mother Nature needs to get on the ball here. I want to wear some of my spring clothes!