What is Summer Hell? That is the time in late August to early October when we are in the middle of hurricane season. But it is not the hurricanes that are his own private hell. It is the cloying humidity, heat and searing sun with nary a breeze to cool his brow.
And this is the time of year we hibernate in our climate controlled homes, when we are not hanging motionless in the pool, wearing only a big, straw hat and sunglasses. A cooling drink sits poolside.
Moving makes you sweat. We don't like to sweat. It makes us sticky, stinky and grumpy.Wecannot spend all of the day naked, we do have to go to town for things, like breakfast with friends, jazz night, and coffee out.
I wanted to make a cool, comfortable little linen dress to wear to town. Dresses keep the air flowing, there are no pants waistbands to bind and restrict airflow.
Dresses are pretty. I feel pretty in dresses.
I chose the following Lutterloh dress
I made the white version, with a few changes:
- lowered the V significantly
- made a center front seam and inserted an exposed zipper
- left out the facings and made bias binding from red polka dot quilting cotton
This dress has a beautiful long French dart that hits exactly where it should on my body and creates a subtle shaping. Hourglass girls should never wear shapeless sacks. There are back shaping darts as well. This dress just skims my hips. Here is the finished dress on the hanger:
In case you have not heard of Lutterloh, it is a German pattern making system that has been around since the 1930's.
A miniature pattern is enlarged by following guidelines that radiate out from the pattern. You use only your bust and hip measurements and a special tape measure to enlarge the pattern.
The fit is superb. There are still small tweaks that have to be made, like adjusting for a long or short waist. But there is no Full Bust Adjustment needed, no slicing and dicing of the pattern trying to make it fit.
Here I am enlarging a pattern:
The zipper and bias binding. I have had this adorable zipper for a few years. I finally found a use for it, just as the exposed zipper trend is waning. But to make a black linen basic shift look interesting, this zipper does the job, don't you think?
Note: I have trouble seeing. And sewing with black is a trial. And I love black. It is classy, simple and a good foil for other of the vibrant colors that I consider neutrals in my wardrobe.
So to make my life easier, I sewed all of the seams with RED thread. My old high school teacher ( if she were alive) would be feeling faint, and needing to sit down upon hearing that!
|Here is the top of the zipper|
|And here is the bottom of the zipper I spilled iced coffee all over everything, I think you can see the spots.|
Now be honest, do you think I look like a Volkswagen in a house dress?
I mean I love the dress, I love the way I feel in it. But oh boy, my mirror and the camera say otherwise!
And that seagull tried to poop on me!