I have not had much success with trying to post to linkups. I have yet to figure out the dimensions for an image, other than my very first linkup which was achieved via pure luck! Still, being home with the flu (yes, I had my flu shot!) and it being the start of my school's two-week vacation, trying to link up to Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike link up was well worth getting out of bed and attempting!
In the short time I've had this dress (less than a year), it has provided much enjoyment to wear. I discovered the pattern at a street crafts fair in Chatham, MA, on the wonderful island of Cape Cod. The booth was staffed by a Cape Cod parttime resident, the rest of the year being spent in Florida, and she was the remarkable seamstress who made these lovely dresses. She took the measurements, purchased the materials (wish I had taken a picture of the array of colorful patterns available) and sewed the dresses. Her husband, a retired engineer, cut out the patterns. I thought the price quite reasonable at $75, and of course, placed an order. I had one stipulation, to please make the dress knee length rather than the calf length that the seamstress tended towards.
My dress arrived about a month and a half later, but alas it was calf length! I am 5 feet, 2 inches, and calf length dresses dwarf me. I could have returned the dress for shortening but decided it was more efficient to bring it to a local seamstress rather than mail it back to Florida from New York.
I have since discovered that it would be helpful to have a rear zipper. Easy enough to get on; not so easy to take off. I asked the local seamstress about inserting a zipper, and was told the dress was not designed to have one added. I am not convinced a rear zipper is impossible, and may one day make inquiries with someone else. Meanwhile, the dress continues to delight!
What is it that delights? The colors, the patterns, the zest of the dress, the fit, the flounce.
PS August 2016 – Back in July I brought this lovely dress to a different local seamstress. Actually, it is a husband and wife team who, it turns out, have been on our main block for 30 plus years. Amazing to me that I never discovered them before; it took my daughter-in-law to discover them while she was here. Anyway, they have rendered this dress beyond perfect because there is now a left side zipper than runs from the armhole to below the waist! I can put this dress on and take it off with absolute ease!