What I would wear on vacation? that’s this weeks challenge. Well, it would have to be comfortable, preferably an all-you-can eat kinda outfit; the main purpose for going on vacation is to kick-back and forget about time all together, to take in the surroundings, holding a menu of endless food and drink to indulge from. I’d have lots of books to get lost in and there would be no restrictions and that includes clothes. A Day to Night look would be ideal. This weeks dress had started out as a kaftan, I pinned this beauty deciding that this would be my direction for this week, it evolved from there…
Here’s a quick drawing I slapped together—for a better understanding of the lines. The two circles you see on my upper arms were an after thought; after trying on the original dress it looked so, blah! It needed something, the armholes turned out to be a good idea it turns out that I can wear the dress a couple of different ways: arms out, arms in, one arm in the other out. So many options. I like options, I’m an options kinda girl.
Draping this dress over the dress-form really helped with the construction and coming up with different ideas for how i’d like it to sit. I placed bias binding around the neckline and armholes. Wearing it to the floor did nothing for my body. I purchased a couple of metres of drawstring and placed it under the arm seam down through to the hem so when it’s tightened it pulls up and drapes fabulously.
I made an attempt to gather in the fabric just under my bust with a piece of elastic; unfortunately you can’t see it. I also placed a hook and eye onto the elastic to pull up the fabric from the centre to add a bit more definition to the drape. Did I photograph it? No! it slipped my mind. Either way I’m happy with this printed chiffon dress. Black and white! I love black and white and I’m on a drape trip at the moment. I purchased this fab book for some construction ideas so I’m hoping to dive into it very soon.
In Le Stash I had some thick navy blue velour from my witchy-wearing days; lets call it vintage velour. I cut across the grain in three inch thick strips, this makes the fabric curl under like a tube, love how it does that, I then braided the pieces sewing off the tapered end with a sturdy stitch. I named the scarf The Anaconda—as you do, she’s over 3 metres long incredibly warm and complements the dress and other elements of my handmade wardrobe perfectly.