I knit this beautiful lace shawl, a mystery knit along based on folk tales about the selkies. I had an idea to sew a dress to wear with it to my art opening on Saturday. I had lavender linen in my fabric stash. I thought it was meant to be! I chose the Barcelona Dress, as I thought it was classic with a retro feel that I could alter to my figure.
Not horrible, but I clearly forgot the rule about not wearing vintage style when you yourself are a vintage lady. Not my best look, and more importantly, I don’t feel good in it. It’s comfortable, but not flattering on me.
Modeling for these photos in the woods near my house, I started thinking about the magic elven cloaks and Lothlorian leaf pins from Lord of the Rings. After that, I knew there was no way I would ever wear these three items together again. Even though I love the shawl and the shawl pin! And the dress is fine on its own. It might make a nice casual summer dress. Maybe if I wore some shapewear underneath. But no, that would aggravate my GERD.
This was my first dress to cut and sew on the bias, and I learned a lot. I had an idea to make a striped one, but now I know I won’t be able to pull it off. This dress really needs to be fitted to look good. I think I’ll stick with a-line dresses.