Day 22: Rather Ladylike

Happy Fourth of July! I know it’s the month of July and Me-Made-June is over, but I thought I’d post a few more outfits and a round-up of thoughts after the month. This has been the most challenging round of all three Me-Made challenges I participated, as you probably can see from the late-ness of the outfit posts and a few missing days in between! I’ve been busy, busy, busy – and it definitely had an impact on how thorough I documented my Me-Made month!

(Looking for more Me-Made-June photos? Click here for my posts, or check out the official Flickr group here for more handmade goodness!)

I felt rather ladylike in this outfit from June 22nd. Little floral dress, classy sandals and pearls. I’m channeling Charlotte York today!

On the street I got compliments from strangers – good compliments, not the gross kind. Ones like ‘What a lovely dress!’ not whistles and catcalls. Classy compliments are so nice to receive!

This dress – one of the first things I blogged about – is great for standing, walking and sunny afternoons. Not so great for sitting and definitely no good for biking! I drove to the office, and went to a bunch of meetings, then attending an evening event so it was perfect for a day like today. I took these photos when I got home, totally exhausted and hungry! Which is why you can see my dinner in the background – oops! I knew if I stopped to eat I’d forget about taking photos, and I’d been running around all day with no time to take them in between.

Oh yes. And I’m wearing a nametag from the evening event. I thought it would be faster and more fun to pose with it, rather than stop and take it off. And I was hungry!

This dress looks best from the back – the keyhole and knot details are so great!

I’ve found it helps to be wearing something you’ve made, if you’re talking to lots of people about what you do.

And if you’re going to run around all day, wear a dress and heels! Or flats if you prefer, but I’ve found the one-easy-piece look lasts throughout car rides and sitting and wrinkling. Something with a little texture is great too, if the back wrinkles it looks like it’s part of the dress perhaps! And a busy print hides the creases and wrinkles. (So perhaps my love of prints has some logic and reason behind it, too!)

Know what’s funny? I talk about multiples and making dresses again in solid colours – I actually have this dress cut out in black already. I keep forgetting about it, and there’s so much else I want to work on, plus the things I have to work on, that I haven’t even started sewing this one yet. It’s been cut out for over a year! Oops. When things calm down, I’ll try to remember this one and finish it up. It would be a great little black dress!

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11 Responses to Day 22: Rather Ladylike

  1. Bella July 4, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Tasia, this is lovely. I’d like to see other views of it, please. Such a cute idea, the knot in the back! And pretty, summery fabric.

  2. Corinne July 4, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    You are always the best advertisement for your own product. When you look great, people notice. How nice to receive positive feedback! We all do appreciate the time you take to document this journey of yours, it has been quite a year for you! Great work Tasia, the dress is lovely. Thanks.

  3. karen July 4, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I really love this dress, you have such a great eye for what patterns to mix with what fabric :)

  4. alice July 4, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    i really love this dress! i have found it a little tricky to sew, though. all of those detailed lining instructions have landed my ‘muslin’ (wearable muslin) in my ufo pile for now. but i *should* finish it… especially because i have a pretty floral voile all picked out for the ‘good’ version.

  5. Marie July 4, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    What a wonderful dress! I agree, it would make a lovely little black dress as well ;o)

  6. lady modiste July 4, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    I really like this dress. And yes, it is nice to receive compliments that do not border on rude.

    But solid colors are definitely needed when you are building a wardrobe. A little black dress is a must :)

  7. Gail July 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I love the back view of this dress.

  8. Caroline July 5, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    This dress is stunning on you! I feel almost strange saying this but it seems like it might also look good cut as a romper – which would be fun and super cute on the bike. In fact, the seam down the front made me initially think it *was* a romper. The shaping in the back skirt is incredible, though.

  9. Casey July 6, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    I can see why you got so many lovely compliments–you look gorgeous in this dress! :)

  10. glo Haynes July 6, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    This is a darling dress! I love the way the back is made. you did a great job and it fits to a T!

  11. Kristen July 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    love the dress, love the heels! You certainly don’t look exhausted! And the back cutout is amazing.