This is another Liberty piece I bought at Shaukat on Old Brompton Road when I last was in London.
I wanted to add a ruffle at the bottom, as in view C, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric – and I was determined to use this Liberty print.
Another reason I chose this pattern over others maxi dress patterns is that I found the keyhole opening in the back really classy. I loved Pirouette’s version of this, and I’m a little disappointed mine doesn’t show that well in the picture. Probably because I have a small back and I should have fitted the bodice back even more than I usually do? (I always go down two sizes in the back).
Hopefully it shows better when I’m wearing the dress in action, though, and moving in it, instead of pausing for a picture 😉
Oh, and I promise you the upper edges are actually even. Must have been the way I was standing in the picture.
I made this dress for a picnic I had with friends at the Buttes Chaumont late last June (just a couple of weeks before I left Paris). I figured a very long dress would be both pretty AND practical to sit down in the grass – and it was. Besides, the Liberty lawn gives the dress a fresh feel against the skin.
It’s been 30-32°C here this week (mid to high 80s Fahrenheit), so you bet I’m still wearing summer dresses!