Even though I am not a designer, sometimes I am seized with a desire to make a dress. Even if I have better things to do, I’ll find myself feverishly drafting, cutting and sewing to make my idea in the cloth. This is one of those dresses. I shamelessly imitated the bodice of the Butikofer dress I love, but redesigned the skirt to suit some oatmeal crinkle cotton I had on hand, left over from my grad collection.
Once I put it on, I don’t want to take it off. It doesn’t even come across in pictures just how pretty this dress makes me look and feel. I get an unprecedented amount of compliments and attention in this dress, it is like it is made out of some sort of magic sense of attraction or something.
The maxi trend suits me just fine – it shows off the body parts I love (my shoulders, back, waist and arms), hides what I don’t love as much (my legs and ankles), and just manages to seem so effortless and dressed up at the same time. I’m planning on making a couple more long skirts and dresses next time the inspiration grips me. There really is nothing like imagining something and making it real.