48 degrees Fahrenheit.
That was the temperature this morning here as I left the house for work.
I miss summer already.
I finished my Banana Republic/Milly knock-off dress this weekend, and regardless of the weather, it had to be worn! My denim jacket did a great job as my "top layer" today, and since the day was going to warm up to a balmy 61, I chose my sandals over my boots, and headed out the door!
It was love at first sight when I first spotted this dress in InStyle magazine last year. I knew that the bodice would have to be changed so that I could wear it at work, but I *loved* the bias striping on the skirt! I tried to search for a similar fabric, but to no avail. When I saw this blue/green/black striped voile (cotton/poly blend) on the bargain table at Joann's last year, I scooped up 3 yards and took it home. Sadly, it wasn't until the end of this summer that I finally had time to take on those stripes!
|The inspiration dress by Milly for Banana Republic|
I'm really very pleased with the final outcome, as the dress fits perfectly and is exactly what I wanted. The stripes matched up easily at every seam, even at the zipper (which I moved to the side so that it could be hidden, just in case I messed up. It has a lovely drape and weight and was quite comfortable to wear at work all day.
Pattern: Simplicity 4070, bodice from view A, skirt from view E.
Perfect amount of circle skirt for the fabric I had (3 yards), I think I will get a lot of use out of this pattern in the future! With the fabric being nearly sheer, I lined the entire dress with a navy blue poly blend. Here are some pics and details from mid-construction. The black belt was hanging in my closet (along with a brown one that will also work), so that was ideal!
Look at that stripe matching!!! I'm SOOOOOOOO proud of myself!