Dress #4 – Pattern Runway Kimono Dress in Cotton Voile!
Ta-daaaa! My fourth and final dress for The Summer of No Pants 2013!
This was actually the first pattern I bought for SONP, but I waffled back and forth so many times on what fabric to use. I didn’t want a solid color, but I shy away from overall patterns for dresses. I loved this neutral-colored floral print, though. It’s a sheer cotton voile I picked up at Michael Levine‘s in L.A. (did you enter the giveaway yet? There’s like $800 in prizes and it ends tomorrow! You should do that, yo.).
The pattern is Pattern Runway‘s Kimono Dress. It is a relatively easy and forgiving pattern with an elastic waist. The sheer voile is so breezy and nice, it is a perfect weight for this dress.
I ended up shortening the length by several inches. It originally hit below the knee, but I felt like it made my legs look stubby. It looked fine with heels, but I am not one to wear heels on a daily basis. Although, I often put on heels, walk around the house for 2 minutes, then decide on flats. I love the dress with these western style boots I picked up used on Etsy in a crazy steal.
I adore the neckline on this one. I want to take what I learned in the Fashion Draping class I took on Craftsy and used this neckline on more dresses, blouses, etc. I have very square shoulders, and something about this neckline softens everything, and feels very elegant to me. Also, I’m very particular about sleeves and the loose sleeves on this dress keep me from feeling like I’m baring everything, but my arms feel free. No need for a cardigan, but I can throw a blazer on top for a different look.
Back detail. I like the idea of a red button back here, but I think I’ll have to replace it with a larger button. This one tends to unbutton itself.