Day 16: This Dress Deserves a Sunny Day

I called this dress the Floral Explosion Dress, as it’s splashed with brightly coloured flowers and splatters. It looks best on a bright sunny day! And it shows that I do in fact make dresses in multiples, sort of. You can hardly call either one a basic dress, but I do re-use patterns when they are a success the first time!

On the morning of these photos (June 16th), I woke up exhausted after watching the riots on the news late at night and waking up with nightmares. (Yes, I’m like a kid when it comes to watching violence on TV before bed! I can’t help it, I’m a very literal and visual person. It’s a curse – but then again, I’d rather feel something than be immune to it.)

The next morning, the sun was shining and I put on a really colourful and happy-feeling dress!

The Details:

Dress: Floral Explosion Dress, blogged here
Shoes: Keds – again! I feel like I should put on heels for photos, but these are just so comfortable!

This dress miraculously stayed put while biking, which was a relief as I forgot my bike shorts!
This was a good photo-taking day. Some days, I swear, my face looks weird in all of them and my clothes look rumpled. Today, the dress hung nicely and I look smiley!

I like this dress because it’s fitted, but not tight. The skirt is a little bit swingy, but not too voluminous. I remember when I bought this fabric, wanting to use a more intricate pattern. My sister suggested I keep the style simple to let the fabric take centre stage. I’m glad that I did!

I always gravitate towards fabrics like this one – bright and bold colours, loud prints, hot pink and turquoise, large-scale prints. I like fabrics that make a statement! Do you like sewing with loud prints too, or are you more of a solids person?

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15 Responses to Day 16: This Dress Deserves a Sunny Day

  1. Melizza June 23, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    The louder the better. I would totally be drawn to that fabric. It’s vibrant and happy. Who doesn’t want those things :)

  2. Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk June 23, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    I’m more of a solids/small print person but I envy your ability to pull off bright, bold prints. You always look fabulous!

  3. Stephanie June 23, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    I usually go for simple patterns like gingham or stripes, or solids. And my colors of choice lean towards neutrals (beige, ivory, white) or bold blues and greens. Every now and then I’ll go floral but it’s always minimal. Today though I bought my first bold-ish floral print on a peach background (VERY unlike me); hopefully I’ll actually make something out of it!

  4. Suze June 23, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Very pretty. I love prints, seersucker, floral, ethnic (like the fabric you recently disliked!) but find I look better and actually feel more confident in solids. But sometimes I give in to my love of color and just go for it! And then proceed to enjoy it A LOT!

  5. Karin June 23, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Very pretty! Perfect for summer.

  6. Eugenia June 23, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Beautiful, bright summer dress. You make a very pretty cyclist in this!

  7. Ashley June 23, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Cute! I’ve just ordered some Keds, after seeing how many different outfits you’ve worn them with. Finally a comfy pair of shoes that go with skirts and dresses and still look cute! :)
    Ashley x

  8. Portia June 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I tend to be drawn to smaller prints and patterns and am a bit of a sucker for stripes!! Although I have noticed my colour palettes getting bolder since I started making my own clothes….I wonder why that is?? I guess a bolt of bright colour will draw your eye more in a fabric shop than a navy one will??
    Px

  9. Sarah June 23, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Gorgeous, Tasia! I love the fabric and it is an awesome floral explosion!!!

  10. Alessa June 23, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Lovely dress, the pink&aqua print is really beautiful! I’m mostly a polka dot kind of girl, though I also like medium-sized prints – not too small and not too big. :)

  11. Stacy aka Stacybeads June 23, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Anyone who has ever seen my blog knows that I’m all about the prints, and the crazier the better! :) Large scale prints can be overwhelming on me, though, so I lean toward small-to-medium size pattern repeats.

  12. msmodiste June 23, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    You know, I love Keds and I love how frequently you wear them. There’s something about wearing dresses with little casual shoes that makes wearing dresses seem more pretty and everyday, rather than “dressing up” (which is generally something I avoid, lol.) It feels very vintage, actually!

  13. Tasha June 23, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    It looks great on you, you look very happy! I love prints, love love love them. Definitely what I gravitate towards. My love of them causes me wardrobe issues because of my lack of good basic solids, in fact! :)

  14. Vicki Kate June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    That dress just says SUMMER! I love the print, I just need to become a little braver? And you do look very happy in these photos, not that you look unhappy in the others. Don’t you just love it when the sun comes out after some yuck weather?!

  15. Nethwen June 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I like the Ked’s with the dress. I think it strikes the balance between being dressed up and dressing nicely.

    I’m all about bright, saturated colors, but prefer solids. Simple patterns such as thin stripes or gingham appeal to me, but I’m drawn to the quirky. I would rather wear a print of amphibians than touch anything floral. Overall, though, I feel more confident with solids as the focus and let the prints be accents or hidden touches.

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