Fall has officially taken hold here and the trees are starting to get gorgeous! Consequently, this post is a bit out-of-season now.... so try not to notice that this post is much more suited to summer. ;-) That's one problem with posting just once a week- sometimes the end of the season comes far too quickly!
For Kathryn's next dress, she wanted a simple gingham dress to go with a "theme day" we had conjured up. (If all goes according to plan, you'll get to see the theme next spring or summer. If it doesn't, well... Kathryn can just enjoy her dress anyway. ;-))
She wanted a very classic red gingham, in a simple, classic shirtdress style. We used a 1990s pattern they had languishing in their stash for the bodice (proof that you never know when you'll use those ugly, outdated patterns!). Since all we wanted was a notched collar and darts, it didn't matter that the rest of the pattern was vastly unsuitable for our desires. ;-)
I was really happy with the skirt from Simplicity 1459 when I made it last- it's gathered and flared, so it seemed perfectly suited to this style of dress. :-)
The dress is made from a 100% cotton gingham and is wonderful! :-) I was concerned it might wrinkle more than the usual cotton/poly ginghams, but even after wearing for long car trips it looks great!
This dress was a great opportunity for practicing my plaid-matching skills, since it only required matching in a few places and came together smoothly. :-) The only "failure" of sorts was the collar- I need to have a better plan next time for planning that all out! :-P
Her belt is from a different dress she made years ago- and it matches perfectly! :-)
Oh, and isn't her new haircut adorable?!? :-)
This style is so great- wear it without a crinoline for a perfect Audrey Hepburn/picnic look, or with a petticoat and pearls for a quintessentially 1950s look! It can be dressed up or down so easily. :-)
I am offically convinced that my Summer 2015 Wardrobe is in dire need of a gingham dress. Now to choose a color and style that doesn't look like I'm trying to copy Kathryn exactly. ;-)