I splurged a bit on myself for my last birthday and bought three sewing books! My birthday was in February, and I'm only now beginning to actually make some of the things in said sewing books! Oops! To be fair I've poured over each of them several times with big plans to make many different things, but then again as you might know there's always something else that rises to the top of the list!
Well, last month after anniversary gifts, back to school clothes and back packs were complete it was finally time to make something from one of the new books, Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style. We had a memorial dinner for my grandfather (who passed away in May) last month and it was going to be an insanely hot, humid, heat wave type of day. I wanted to look put together and classic, while also being cool and comfy so I made myself an esme tunic in chambray (from Imagine Gnats).
This dress is so comfortable to wear, in fact, on this day I was wearing it simply to run errands.
It goes just as easily with flip flops as it does with heels, and I expect I'll get loads of wear from it in the cooler months as well layered with tights, boots and a cardigan.
Plus...it has this beautiful little liberty facing, which makes me smile every time I put it on.
I will say that after making the dress though, to me, it seemed a little too boxy and loose, and perhaps the tiniest bit hospital gowny...
While I could've simply added a belt, I opted instead to make a more permanent solution...
I added a bit of twill tape to side seam and then also a few inches away from the side seam so that I could tie it and bring the waist in a bit for a more fitted look. And, I think it worked!
I hope to get to a few more projects from a few more sewing books soon, but for now I'm counting this dress a successful book make and will likely be making another, long sleeved version, for the fall!