Monday, 14 August 2017

Lavender lady

I have wanted to visit a lavender field for the longest time, so when an opportunity presented itself I knew I needed to make a dress to wear. 

I wanted something with a whimsical feel but a simple shape because it was a very last minute make and I didn't have a dress pattern to work from. 

The fabric is a cotton Broidery Anglaise which I had in stash.
 I don't usually like to keep fabric in stash because I find I tend to go off them if they don't get made into something while I am still excited about it. 
I had got to the point where I had forgotten what I had bought this fabric for and I was irritated that it was taking up space in my very limited storage. 

It is such a beautiful fabric though, and I didn't want it to go to waste. 

I used a classic men's coat buttons in brown down the front. 
They have an almost tortoise shell effect that I rather like, and compliments my new Joanie sunglasses that I picked up in their sale last week. 

I naturally had to team this dress with my favourite straw hat for a stroll about the lavender field! 

At first I cut the neckline totally straight, but I went back in mid sew and slightly curved it into a slight sweetheart shape, which I much prefer. 
It is still only a very subtle change but I do think it looks softer. 

Outfit Details
Dress- Me Made, self drafted
Hat- Old Accesorize
Sunglasses- Joanie Clothing

The hem ruffle is possibly my favourite element of the dress!
I allowed the scalloped edge to border the bottom hem and the result is such a sweet little detail. 

I am so happy with the result, and the white fabric photographed much better than I had thought it would! 
It's always such a shame when the beauty of something just doesn't translate well in a picture. 

My new favourite shoes from Rocket Originals are absolutely darling and go with practically everything! I would most definitely recommend the brand to anyone that has been on the fence about purchasing from them online. 

The lavender was magnificent, and the smell was intoxicating! 
I could smell it in the air as soon as I got off the bus. 

The Mayfield lavender field was a lovely little afternoon trip, it is always so refreshing to take a step away from the usual, everyday routine to see something special. 



And a special thank you to my lovely friend Maria who took an afternoon jaunt to the countryside and who took such lovely pictures for me.