In my mega sulk on the subject, I even wondered whether to start work on my autumn wool jacket as it's more weather appropriate. I may still stick to this plan (or at least make a start) as I think I need to take my time on this make. I'm using the Abbey Coat pattern by the way, has anybody made it? Any tips?
Back to the dresses. Even if I'm not 100% sure I'll be making them or not, I can still describe them to you can't I? Because I'll burst if I don't....
First up is this off-white polka dot linen blend which I found at the bottom of a scrap bin at a vintage fair. I plan to make my own version of a strappy 1950's sundress using Casey's tutorial. I want to use black bias binding as a contrast trim, blatantly copied from Karen after seeing her lovely Sorbetto. I've already worked out the bodice block, I just need to see what kind of skirt I can make out of the fabric.
Secondly is a cherry print halter neck dress, inspired by Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Misfits.
I wasn't even aware her dress had cherries on it until my husband alerted me to the fact one day. He's a picture editor* and was editing some pictures from the film when he noticed it. Dutifully he informed me at once (he knows I love anything to do with cherries) and I've been obsessed ever since. I'm going to use this fabric...
... which is a lovely silky cotton I found on the internet for £7. As I didn't want two dresses with strappy shoulder ties, I thought I'd make the cherry dress as a halter neck. I've already got the perfect pattern in my stash - Vogue V8727. There's only 1.9m of cherry fabric, which is exactly the amount of fabric required for Version A. So on this occasion I'll have to make a muslin...
Actually, having laid my plans bare has made me want to sew the dresses even more. What do you all do in this situation? Do you just sew what makes you happy, regardless of whether it's going to be worn straight away or not? Or do you dutifully sew what's appropriate for the season and weather? I know that the process of making them and finishing them will make me VERY happy, so my instinct is to just sew them anyway and not give a monkeys about the weather. I'll still have two lovely dresses for next year, should the sun decide to shine at all. Sometimes, I think how a finished garment makes you feel is more important than how wearable it's going to be. Please chip in, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
And finally, one thing that made me feel totally cheery and summery (despite the evidence outside my window yesterday) was seeing this beautiful dress by Roisin, posted here.
She's only gone and named it the Oh Jane! dress in my honour, because of my well documented love of gingham!!!! It's probably the highlight of my sewing life. Thank you Roisin. x
*If there are any David Bowie fans out there (and I know for a fact that there are!), check out this post and accompanying photos my husband Jon wrote for the Getty Images Archive blog. I LOVE the fact that the great man dons a full Ziggy Stardust outfit to do the decorating in!