Bonjour, bonjour !
I’m glad you guys thought I could wear long dresses, because – here is another one. 🙂 This one isn’t quite long enough to be classified as a maxi, but it’s still ankle-length.
This dress was pretty work- and thought-intensive. It all started when I spotted the fabric during my first visit to a fabric shop in Montpellier. That crinkled black cotton screamed it wanted to be a long, flowing dress.
Now, I usually don’t “do” black dresses in the summer because I usually remain very pale, and black obviously emphasizes it. I avoid the sun as much as possible because my skin just doesn’t like it – it usually burns before it gets to tan ever so little. This year, though, no matter how careful I was, I just couldn’t help getting some sun exposure. Montpellier is the sunniest city in France, and I arrived right in the middle of summer. However, I was super careful in that I didn’t go out during the most scorching hours of the day, and I slathered myself with sunscreen. For the first time ever, I got a gradual tan (mostly from evening sunlight), but I didn’t burn.
I am still way lighter-skinned than most people here, but I felt I could sport a black dress for the end of the summer, when the days weren’t quite as sweltering and black wouldn’t feel too hot against the skin.
After a good deal of thinking and hesitating (and obsessing), I ended up using bits of different patterns to have the dress match my idea. To create the bodice, I combined Simplicity 3803 (with which I made my first maxi) with Newlook 6774. I also used NL 6774, with alterations, for the bodice back, midriff and skirt. (I made a first dress out of this pattern last year – another dress that got a lot of wear this summer; every time I put it on, I thought I really should re-use that pattern.)
I added a slit to the back of the skirt for added fullness and movement at the front.