Loosely inspired, but feeling a great summer vibe: lighthouse dress!
The back story is, ages ago when I first saw Anthropologie's Bike Lane dress, it must have struck some special chord. Because I was at a JoAnn I don't normally go to a while ago, and saw a white print with red and blue lighthouses on it on the clearance racks, and thought: summer dress!
I waited till the red tag clearance fabrics were an extra 50% off on a big weekend sale, and headed back--they still had a bolt of my lighthouses! So I paid $2.50/yard for the lovely 100% cotton lightweight twill, perfect for a dress, and started thinking about patterns.
Let me also show you all my inspirations! Like I said, I think Anthro has embedded in my mind this cutesey-print dress concept so it comes to me when thinking about designing! Here's the Bike Lane Dress from a few years ago...
They also had the Two-Wheeler Shirtdress...
This year, there's even this dress with Japanese tea houses printed on it...
But, in addition to the cute prints, I think I associated my lighthouses with the cute pleated sweetheart neckline of Anthro's other summery frocks, like the Traced Twirls Dress...
And the Sincerely Paris Halter Dress:
And, most recently, the Akebono Halter Dress!
So when I found McCall's Laura Ashley M6350 while flipping through the McCall's book when McCall's were $1/each at Joann... it was perfect! This pattern is almost the spittin' image of the Traced Twirls Dress.
Super cute and flattering, sort of vintage-inspired pattern. I could see it sooo clearly in my mind--my lighthouse fabric in that bodice! I didn't have quite enough for the pattern's 6-panel skirt, so I gave it a smaller, modified half-circle skirt.
(Forgive the terrible lighting and weird colors of these pics...) Ta-da!
It's even red, white, and blue for this patriotic time of year. ;) And I am now a BIG fan of this pattern! I think I might want to make another one sometime soooon!
So, do you have any dresses with cutesy little prints on them? Or any fabric? (I have a pattern recommendation... ;) )