This lunchtime I popped to the trusty Singer shop and nabbed me 3m of white jersey and 1m of white lace. Am I getting married you say? Goodness, no! But I’ve turned 31, have a party to go to on Friday (my own) and really don’t fancy wearing anything in my cupboard right now. It’s just one of those things.
Besides, it’s spring, the weather is slowly warming up (or yo-yo warming up… get it together already!) and I just feel more summery. I would’ve liked to have a red dress, but the colours of the moment really are those funky-named light beige-pinks, that you can’t really wear with anything aside from themselves. And since I have a pair of shoes in that colour python leather (deliciously pretty) and a belt in a similar pale greyish pink, I figured I could just make myself a drapey white dress on which to cinch the belt, and ta-da!! I’d have yet another pretty dress for my wardrobe. Besides, I adore simple white, and with various belts and shoes, it’s ultra-wearable.
So the idea is to make something with a fairly wide skirt (perhaps with godets), a cinched waist (of course! it’s my best asset…) and large loose sleeves (to add volume on top, where is it slightly lacking). I’m thinking Greek Goddess meets Grace Kelly, with Donna Karan S/S-10 draping. I got the white lace to use as applique on some spots. perhaps on the shoulders, or on the hem, or as patches hinting to a corset shape… I haven’t quite decided yet.
The construction will happen haphazardly, by hand, directly onto the mannequin. The dress will be transferred from the mannequin to the sewing machine and then to me on Friday afternoon. Am quite excited!!