Silk, Cotton, Sand

Pattern: Self drafted

Fabric: Silk/Cotton from Stone Mountain Daughter Fabrics

Notions: Elastic for the waist

Time to Complete: This project had way, WAY too many muslins!


We just returned from Ambergris Caye, Belize. It was a great week of playing in the sun and sea – lots of snorkeling and some scuba diving, too! We hadn’t been diving in years and I had forgotten how much I love it. Since returning home, we’ve visited all the local dive shops in hopes of getting back in the water soon. Regardless, the vacation came at the right time and I’m feeling much more relaxed. It was so nice to get outdoors and spend some time in the sun. While there, I couldn’t help myself and took some pictures of my new sundress. I’ve been so excited to show them to you!

This dress is part of a two dress project at school. I wanted to create a lightweight sundress that’s easy to slip on and off at the beach but could still look put together at dinner. The dress features a scoop neckline, a subtle asymmetrical hem (although these pictures are making me think it’s a little too subtle), and a gathered waist with elastic casing. The neckline and armhole are bound with self made bias tape. This particular one is unlined but I can see including a lining in other versions.

The drafting of this project took way too long for something so simple. It took me a while to figure out that the neckline dart that I added to prevent gaping in the lowered neckline had pulled the waistline and dart apex up. To be honest, I didn’t want to include a dart – I thought it would look bulky with the gathered bodice – but my instructor insisted that one should be there. I still don’t agree because when worn it has a tendency to wrinkle and isn’t necessary for building a cup. Oh well, I can always change this outside of class.

Despite everything being in its right place, I still couldn’t decide if I liked the garment. Muslin is difficult for me to look past and I eventually caved and made it up in some fashion fabric. I purchased this yardage at Stone Mountain Daughter in the sale section for my spring wardrobe but never found the time to make something. I was thrilled that I could make this up before our trip and it was a really lovely piece to have on the beach.

Now for some catching up on my reader – can’t wait to hear what you all have been up to!


32 Comments to “Silk, Cotton, Sand”

  1. Lovely dress . . . and photos!

  2. The dress looks awesome! A very versatile and feminine piece.

    I understand how you can end up not liking a project if the process wasn’t a “seamless” one. All the obstacles and problems that occured make the finished project ugly. But I promise you that this dress is not ugly!

  3. Lovely, lovely, lovely! GREAT fabric and fit, and that photo of you jumping is so awesome haha πŸ™‚

  4. aww Lizz, you look golden and relaxed πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures!! And I think that dress is absolutely perfect–simple, delicate and practical–it’s darling. Welcome home!

  5. Perfect summer dress! And I am so jealous that you went to Belize! A couple of our friends have been a few times and they just rave about it and say, “You better Belize it” all the time πŸ™‚

  6. This is lovely! It really is a perfect summer dress– comfortable and easy to wear, but delicate and pretty! So glad you were able to get away!

  7. love it! the fabric too! and I am very jealous of your tan ;>

  8. So what exactly did you end out doing on the waist? It’s gorgeous =D

  9. Your photos have been stunning lately!

  10. I’m not sure if my late comment went through, but I wanted you to know that your photos have been stunning of late!

  11. Well done! You always choose pretty prints πŸ™‚ And good work getting through the frustrating muslin stage!

  12. What a fantastic dress! And your photos are gorgeous! Nice tan too πŸ™‚

  13. Cute dress. My youngest daughter was conceived in Belize…quite exotic for an Australian child.

  14. I can’t decide what’s more gorgeous, the photos or the dress πŸ˜€

  15. So beautiful… you, the dress AND the photos! You look happy, relaxed, and like you got a bit of sun too – very pretty! XO

  16. This looks like a super comfy dress for a holiday πŸ™‚ So, I reckon it worked out pretty well!

  17. Great job. I think you’ll get lots of use from this dress it looks super comfy.

  18. The dress is beautiful! and it looks like a fantastic vacation. Beliz!! How dreamy! I love the fabric, it really makes a wonderful summer slip dress.

  19. looks great! and the vacation sounds really fun. i loved that jumping picture, too!

  20. Oh very pretty dress and all the pics are just fab. I can tell you are relaxed and happy and please do post the sister picture of you jumping, if you are allowed to, of course.

    I would be very interested to know if leaving out the neckline dart in your next version of this dress does make it more wearable.

  21. You look lovely!! And that is an AWESOME picture of you jumping!!

  22. very becoming! Great picture of you jumping!

  23. Beautiful pictures! You look so rested and your dress is lovely, worth all the painful muslins!

  24. Belize… beach… tempting! The picture of you jumping into sand is priceless! I don’t think I’ve seen a neckline dart in a sleeveless dress before. Does it point downward?

  25. Hehe lovely dress. Glad you made it across the gap.

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