|Pinel Island Beach|
|My four handsome traveling companions|
So no topless sunbathing for me. Too
|Lunch main course- Spiny Lobsters|
|Beach - island of Anguilla|
I have always liked this version of a shirt dress because it was more fitted and tailored than other styles. I made view B with the shirttail hemline. The pattern was published in 2002, I must have been the only person who bought it. A Google search did not turn up one web or image link for this pattern.
Long ago I bought a giant bag of scraps from a factory that made men’s ties and shirts. The shirting scraps were of high quality, in various colors and sizes of stripes. Reading about the in color" Radiant Orchid", I remembered one of the shirting stripes was in that color. Not having enough to make a whole dress in the same stripe, I decided to do a color block mix of the shirting. Orchid pink and white strip for top, blue and white stripe for skirt, the trim is blue oxford, and armhole facing is another size of blue and white stripe. Warning, these stripes do not photograph well.
After finishing the dress, I noticed similar shirts/dresses in fashion magazines. I was probably influenced subliminally by the magazine pictures.
It turns out this shirt dress incorporates several spring 2014 fashion trends, chambray/oxford, color blocking, and color orchid pink.
As one fashion blogger said "The cotton shirt has been reinvented for Spring/Summer into mini dresses, shirt dresses, and jumpsuits. Crisp white poplin, oxford, banker blue, pinstripes, you name it. Try wearing them with sandals for a relaxed look or with heels for a sexier look. Keep it sleek and chic!"
|The Villa Magellan St Martin|
I can't return to my sober colored winter fabrics after the trip and the shirtdress project. On to the wonderful colors of spring!