Sundresses in the Rain
It is lilac season again! I’ve never lived in a place with so many lilacs before, so it is very nice to experience this year two hedges just bursting with lilac blooms. Are the lilacs blooming where you live? Or are they already done and gone? (Alberta’s spring comes slowly!) This is a photo heavy post I warn you, simply because the lilacs are so beautiful, I couldn’t narrow the photos down. . .
It is so strange how quickly the weather can change, as earlier this week the temperatures were +30 (celcius) and now for the next few days we have hit a rainy spot. So, what do you wear when it is Spring, but you look out your window and it’s raining? Why your sundresses, of course! Dressing as though it is the sunniest, warmest day does wonders to improving a cloudy day. (This is my scientific hypothesis of course!) Do you ever dress contrary to what the weather demands?
Ok I concede, I did wear a coat when I went out! But the rain did stop long enough for these pictures.
So, this seersucker dress is one that I got a nice little kick in the pants to finish, because of my Me Made May challenge. I was looking at my closet at the beginning of the month thinking, “wow, I don’t actually have that many me made garments at the moment”, and then I saw this one sitting in my mending pile, (yes… pile) as it had been sitting there for months just begging to be fixed.
I sewed this dress last summer and spent an extreme amount of time on it, even hand picking the zipper in place, and meticulously sewing the lace waistband in place, because the seersucker was a bit of a pain to work with. The lace piece that I used for the accent detail was the perfect shade of grey/brown and it matched the stripe in the seersucker perfectly. It was wonderful, but I only got to appreciate it once, as when I washed the dress the colour washed out of the lace and faded to a disgusting shade of yellow 🙁
Now, that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a dress and it is hanging proudly in your closet is one of the nicest feelings, but that was very abruptly replaced with the horrible feeling of having to redo something. And if there is one thing I hate, it is redoing something I have already finished- especially when it was perfect the way it was. So, alas, what to do? I didn’t have any other coordinating lace in that width, and the waistband looked so bland without any accent. I wasn’t sure what would be the best option with the least amount of deconstructive work (I really didn’t want to take the dress completely apart), and then my mom suggested that I edge the waistband in narrow lace, and tada! It worked!
Whew, a dress saved, and just in time to wear it out into a rainshower! Ah well, the rain won’t last, although I actually do love a good stretch of rain, and goodness we need it, but for now, when I wear my sundress in the rain, I’ll be singing in the rain 🙂
May 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Your dress is lovely. I love the effect of the narrow lace, and seersucker is one of my favorite summer fabrics. Enjoy those lilacs!
May 21, 2016 @ 3:45 pm
Thanks! I love seersucker too as it is so nice and cool for the summer months 🙂
May 23, 2016 @ 10:56 pm
Lovely pics. Pretty dress. We have a lilac bush in our backyard which was in full bloom a few weeks ago. (Washington State) I use color to lift my spirits on rainy days. (I have very colorful socks.) But sundresses would be fun!
May 25, 2016 @ 3:53 am
What a stunning series of photos. You’ve brought out the glamorous side of lilacs here and used them so enchantingly as props in this wonderful shoot.
May 26, 2016 @ 8:11 pm
Thanks, it was a lot of fun to do! I really wanted to do justice to them as they are so beautiful!
January 31, 2017 @ 10:03 am
What magnificent flowers! Gorgeous photos, I love the arty vibe. X
January 31, 2017 @ 10:56 am
This post is making me long for Springtime too- I want to see flowers growing again!