This dress popped into my head fully formed as soon as I spotted the fabric in my favourite Goldhawk Road shop – don’t ask me what it’s called, but it’s got a really narrow long basement downstairs… do you know the one I mean? I was wearing my first Vogue 8645 at the time, and knew this stuff would be perfect for version 2.
This is the second garment I finished just in time for my weekend to the Isle of Wight. So these photos were snapped at Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s family home in East Cowes:
It was pretty fun checking out the dress in Victoria’s dressing room full-length mirror, but you’ll have to take my word for it (no pictures allowed inside the house).
This time round, I upped the neckline an inch or so at the front. Sure, the whole thing looks a little higher at the front than the back, but that’s down to the bump, not the dress. Oh, and this one has pockets! Can’t believe I omitted pockets in the first one. Dresses should always have pockets. Always. Any time I skip em, I miss em.
Pretty good stripe matching, huh? I cut just one of each of the pieces using the paper pattern, then flipped the fabric version over, matched up the stripes, and used it as the pattern for the second piece. It worked really well – here it is, all pinned in place:
I’m totally into these stripy sorbet colours, though I did start to wonder if it’s all a bit too… deckchair camouflage attempt? Ice-cream vendor? Stick of seaside rock? Still, all those things considered, it shouts SUMMER at me just as loudly as it did in the shop basement.
Welcome to summertime one and all, and happy Longest Day!