Added Sep 12, 2010
This wispy, dreamy, breath of a dress is the most wonderful wearable windsock I’ve ever seen or worn! Even the tiniest breeze billows the thickly gathered thinly woven fabric. It just feels like I’m a part of my surroundings when the little tinkly leaves on the dress dance right alongside the ones on the trees around me. Do I ever love blustery autumn days!
I bought this fabric for very cheap from a rummage bin in the fabric district in the capital city of our province. I was so excited to find some wispy fabric that even though I didn’t feel particularly drawn to the print, I couldn’t pass it up! As time went on I got more and more enchanted with the print, and when I was looking through one of the japanese pattern books I bought last year, I found the perfect pattern for the print!
Cutting fabric this gauzy is a bit of a trick when you have tile floors… but in the end It was totally worth all the pain of trying to get the fabric to stay still for the cutting! I wanted to use white fabric for the facing in the front of the dress and use a bright red ribbon for a belt… but the more I looked at it, the more I liked the bright blue that I had laying around from my ruffly JJ rendition. I got so caught up in the idea of the blue that I used it as the facing for the neckline and sleeves… and haven’t looked back since! (I still love the idea of a bright red belt with it! I’ll have to run down and see my ladies in my towns’ “fabric district”. They can hook me up!)
One of the other best things about this dress is that there is no closure… it’s breezy enough that you can just pull it on over your head and walk out the door! Hope this dress inspires long breezy autumnal walks in billowy gathery dresses! Enjoy your autumns!
breezy material… sorry, if I asked what kind of fabric this is I’m afraid I might not understand the answer… in Chinese at least!
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