So my dear friends, I want to know, have you ever spent more money on the lining fabric for your dress than the actual dress fabric? A bit crazy right? Well, that is what I did for this dress. I selected a soft, cool rayon for my main fabric and wasn't sure what kind of lining fabric would work. I needed something light weight, something that felt just as nice against the skin as my rayon, and something that would drape nicely. The only thing I had in my stash that would work was silk, so I lined my dress in some silk that I bought at $5.00 a yard. (Sadly my fabric shop does not have great deals like that anymore on silk).
|Yes, my lining is more expensive than my |
main fabric, but that will be our little secret :)
Sorry for the odd colors on the above photo, hubby's camera was acting up and a lot of the pictures came out really dark. I tried playing around with the limited editing options I have on my computer and this is the best I could come up with.
On to the dress! I love this dress and have already spent plenty of time in it this month. A while ago I wrote up a post asking which dress I should make for some upcoming weddings. While this dress got some votes, it was not every one's most favorite choice. However, I chose to make it because the bride of one of the weddings I was attending emailed me to say she loved this dress and hoped I would be wearing it to her wedding. Well, I couldn't disappoint such a wonderful bride (who also happens to be my cousin), so I went with this dress.
|This picture was included because it best shows the true|
colors of the dress, not because of my snooty model face :)
What drew me to this pattern initially was the open back - I love open backs on dresses. I'm not exactly sure why this is, but I think it is because if I am going to show off some skin I would rather do something more tasteful than a plunging neckline. (No offense to anyone who thinks differently, I am just one who believes in wrapping their gifts).
The first time I wore this dress was to my cousin's wedding in Indiana. The day I took these pictures I was getting ready to head off to my hubby's work party. It was a tour of the Wabasha Caves followed by swing dancing and gambling in the caves. Well, dear hubby and I have just starting taking some swing lessons and thought this would be a great place to give it a try. We had so much fun! I am an awful dancer - I don't understand rhythm or beat and am terribly uncoordinated. That being said, a few lessons can do a lot, because I can now say that swing dancing is a blast. And this dress was nice and cool while tearin' it up on the dance floor.
Live in this moment and love life!