A Summery Dress & Some Spiky Thistle
I think thistle and many other weeds are misunderstood. It’s all a matter of perspective. They make the best out of any situation. They continue to come back no matter what hardships they endure. Wildflowers are strong, free and add beauty to the world. While we may not want weeds in our yards, without them, the world would be a boring place.
When I saw this thistle on the side of the road, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for a couple of pictures of my new dress. Unfortunately, a couple of pictures is all I got in because there was a sudden influx of passersby.
I tried to take one of those giant thistle flowers home with me, but there were spikes on everything, including the leaves. Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever been close enough to thistle to realize how “thistle-y” it is. Ha! My penchant for doting on weeds is becoming well-documented. I’m once again guilty of being a weed-lover (No, not that kind of weed. Don’t get the wrong idea, here. ;)), because I think thistle is really cool looking. If I could have taken one of the stalks home with me without getting bloody, I would’ve.
Anyway, let’s talk about the new dress…
I have made this design several times over the past four years, or so (the ones below are some of the custom orders I did through my Etsy shop). It usually popped up in the form of a top, with a cowl or a split cowl.
I made the dress above back in 2009, so you can see I’ve been working on improving this design for a while. I call the design Verity because it became a signature design for a while in my Etsy shop, Verity Clothing.
I’ve made sleeveless versions, as well as versions with sleeves of varying lengths. You may remember, last fall I made this version of the top.
For this most recent version of the design, I opted for a simple band around the neckline instead of a cowl (more comfortable for warmer months).
I recently reworked the pattern for a better fit. I also drafted a skirt, so I’d have the option to make a dress version. I prefer partial circle skirts to gathered skirts nowadays, and I really like the drape of this skirt.
I still have a couple of little tweaks to make (lengthening the bodice, for one), but I am extremely happy with the fit of this pattern now.
I know I’m squinting in every picture. It was a cloudy day, but still surprisingly bright.
I brought my tripod with me while I was out running errands yesterday, and set it up in a few places that looked interesting. I’m getting used to people giving me weird looks, but I still try to find areas that aren’t likely to have a lot of traffic.
There are only three days left in May, and I’m happy to report that I have met my sewing goals for the month. Although I haven’t posted about any new active wear yet this month, I did meet my Me-Made-May goal of making two pieces of active wear. I’ll post about those later this week.
What’s on your sewing table? Did you give yourself a goal for the month?