The Outfit Along 2015 is in full swing, hosted by the gorgeous Llauren Lladybird and the equally gorgeous Andi Satterlund and I've been umming and aahhing over my dress and my knitting. I originally thought I wanted to make a mustard coloured Vianne cardigan with a 1970s duvet print Lilou dress, but I decided against. Weirdly.
I think I'll still make it up, but in the Autumn. It's not that summery at all. I don't wear those colours ever, so it's a bit of a brave shot in the dark.
I ended up choosing a different colour yarn but the same cardigan pattern and a totally different dress pattern. This is a Francoise, still by Tilly and the Buttons, but a pattern I've made twice before, once badly in purple, once very happily in polka dots. I used a special fabric, an African wax cotton print that I bought on the Goldhawk Road when Lauren came to visit London, so it's nice to use it for a pattern that has something to do with her.
It's a lovely print; I was a bit wary of using an African wax cotton, given that my ancestors have not always chosen their best behaviour when dealing with other Africans, and cultural appropriation and all that, but decided not to be so silly in the end, and to celebrate the beauty of the fabric and the skill of the women who make it.
Nice isn't it? Bias binding on the neckline and the sleeves, because Julia doesn't do facings.
This is me with a why the f are you mucking about with my camera face on. You can't tell from the picture, but the bodice is a bit too big, everywhere but over my full bust. There are 5 inches between my full bust and my high bust (FFS), so I should really do an FBA and use a smaller size. Or rip the binding at the neckline out and then put a couple of darts in the back. Or leave it as the only person bothered by it is me when I look in a mirror and I look like I might fall out of my dress.
I have worn the dress pretty much solidly since I made it on Friday night; I know how to live it up. It's in the wash now so I can wear it again on Wednesday. It's gorgeously cool and light to wear, I feel like I'm not wearing anything at all, while being perfectly, modestly dressed. I'm going to buy a job lot of wax print and make a bunch of shift dress, and maybe make an Anna dress with the rest of the fabric. Should be perfect for our Greek adventure.
Eagle eyed readers may have spotted the bare bum of my older daughter. She has a knack for photobombing.