It’s been getting hotter and hotter every day. When temps are in the 90s with 100% humidity every day, the only solution is linen.
I mean come on, I’m literally glowing LIKE I’M ON FIRE.
To be honest, the heat (and my misplaced camera) are one of the reasons I haven’t posted pictures of me for the last month or so. I just can’t wear makeup or do my hair when I know I will sweat off all that hard work in 5 minutes. Yesterday, I decided to get over that.
So, without further adieu, I present a makeup-free, air-dried-hair, iPhone picture post. Bear with me people. IPhone pics are totally better than none, right???
I actually made this dress over a year ago, for my graduation last June. Although I knew no one would see it, I still wanted something pretty and new to wear under my robes when I got my Master’s Degree.
I snatched this fabric up from Mood before it sold out, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I love the bright, bold floral mixed with the slight sheen and nubbiness of the linen. I initially had no clue what to do with it, because I can’t stand wrinkly hems. I saw Heather’s Lonsdale about a week before I graduated, and knew the fabric and pattern (which was, naturally, already in my stash) would be the perfect fit.
I wish I could tell you what I did with accurate detail, but it was so long ago I don’t really remember. I know I cut a straight size and forgot to shorten the bodice, as is evident by all the bunching around the waist. I could probably eliminate the waistband totally, since it keeps rolling up. I CAN tell you that I really wish I had curved the front bodice seam just a touch. It doesn’t follow the curve of the bust to the waist as-is, and that’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Also, that pocket looks weird in these photos. It looks normal in real life. Promise.
I didn’t have enough fabric to self-line the bodice and the ties, so I used a contrasting fabric. I really like the way it turned out. That pop of pink in the bow makes me a little extra happy. And, in true Ashley style, the skirt didn’t get a proper hem. I finished this baby moments before running out the door to my graduation ceremony, and only had time to serge it. Originally, I intended to go back and finish it, but a year later I’ve decided that I kind of like it that way.
Plus, does anyone ever go back to a year-old make and change it? I think not.
Pattern: Lonsdale from Sewaholic
Alterations: I think I chopped a couple inches of the length when I ran it through the serger…