When I was a teenager, I preferred the sea in the winter when it was strong, rough and climatic. Nowadays, I can appreciate the calm sparkling summer sea: perfect for paddling in and forgetting one's troubles.
This is our local beach. It is lovely, sandy at low tide and not very busy. It's accessible via a lock at the nearby port, so it is kind of hidden and secret. Though when school is out it will heave, as everyone round here spends all summer at the beach.
Anyway, enough waffle: this dress is the pinafore pattern "G" from Stylish Dress Book Vol 2. Easy- peasy to make up, and perfect for the heat. The pattern is five simple pieces, and the construction is simple; no zips or closures, this just pulls on overhead. The only alteration I made was to shorten the length so that it finishes just at the top of my knee. The other difference is that I haven't done the pocket yet; this isn't a design decision, more desperation to wear the dress rather than wait! It will be sewn on as soon as the dress is back out of the wash!
I had this pattern on my to-do list since I got my hands on the book. But I was dithering between this and a similar pattern in Sew Chic. Then Blogless Anna and Marilla Walker made up my mind for me with their stunning versions.
Anna uses a dark denim, and I think I might try that too come Autumn; for now, I wanted something lighter and brighter. The fabric is a linen-look cotton, and under £5 per metre - bargain!
The colour is beautifully bright and vivid. I have since been back and bought some more, as I think it will make great trousers. The cotton was great to sew with, and presses really well.
I decided to use an orange topstitching thread, as it goes well with the blue, but it does show up my wonky stitching! Accuracy is something I really need to work on. It was a lot easier to top stitch the straps as they were interfaced; the dress isn't, but I may interface the facing next time to help with the top stitching.
I started this dress before my sewing break, and I kept fantasizing about ripping out the topstitching and starting again. But, in the end, laziness won out!
As to the title of this post, a very dear friend of mine said "Where's Wanda?" when she first saw me in this! Note to self: don't wear striped top with it again. The top, by the way, I found in Sainsbury's for £2.50, I couldn't even buy the fabric for it at that price.
Hope you are enjoying the sun, or - if it's winter where you are - that the sunny pics make you feel just a little bit warmer!