This Summer I resolved to finally be honest about my sewing projects. What did I actually need in my closet? Did I need more 1950s, fitted-bodice, full-skirted dresses? Did I need more pencil skirts? More novelty print aprons? No. I needed a dress that I could mow the lawn in. A dress that had a bit of breathing room. A dress that I could wear out to do chores, wipe my muddy hands on, and not feel bad when the sun faded it on the clothesline. I needed a washdress.
I choose to make the dress sleeveless and reshaped the neckline into a simple V. I moved the zipper from the back and ran it down the center front seam. I gathered the front bust darts instead of sewing them in flat. I added patch pockets and trimmed it with quarter inch bias and crocheted lace in accenting colors.
Being that this fabric started life as a duvet cover, the dress was already broken in before I mowed my first stretch of lawn. It felt like stepping into an old favorite, and indeed, I've worn it quite a lot this Summer. There's something to be said for lightweight cotton dresses with no waistlines when the days get hot and humid!
And in case you noticed my co-star who was trying to get into the milkhouse, here's a better shot of our new kitten, Tashi. More on her next time.
Now that Summer is coming to a close, I need to apply this philosophy to my Winter sewing as well. Do I need more jacket and skirt ensembles? More wool dresses? More plaid skirts? Heck yah!! Wool plaid is my idea of Heaven! Psst, see above tab entitled: Plaid is the New Black. Well, I'll try to behave myself, but I'm not making any promises. For now I'll just revel in having made one good sewing decision.