I'm really trying to make an effort these days to try and create a wardrobe and personal style suited to my climate and lifestyle. I live in a place where it is summer 365 days a year, making it difficult to create a varied, interesting and casual (yet not daggy) wardrobe. Layering is not an option for me. I can't take a basic dress and add a cardigan, scarf, tights and boots for a groovy, ready-to-hit-the-town look. Here it's just me and the dress...oh, and a nice pair of earrings.
I also live in a city that leans heavily towards the 'very casual' end of the spectrum which is quite typical for the tropics (we'd happily go naked if we thought we could get away with it!). Another challenge therefore, is to look 'nice' without looking overdressed. If you don't nail this, you spend the day awkwardly explaining to people that no, you don't have anything special planned for today and that you're actually just dropping the kids at school than going home to clean up the breakfast dishes.
So here it is! The next addition to my 'forever summer' wardrobe sewn up using Cream Hana Guriddo from Tessuti.
- Detailed shot of neckline -
Piping made using 100% quilting cotton in orange.
- Front -
- Long view -
- Side view -
The next three photos are for the benefit of readers who are interested in making up this pattern. There is actually a flaw in the instructions. If you follow the instructions you end up snipping off the top of the pocket, leaving an exposed raw edge on your garment which does not connect to anything. Not a good look! The people who left reviews on PR were really quite angry about this.
To alleviate this problem, I left an extended piece of the piping on the top edge of my pocket, unpicked the princess seam, slipped it under and resewed it down. Much better. Just be sure you ignore the instruction that tells you to snip it off - nothing can be done after that except to cut out a whole new pocket.