I celebrated midsummer for the first time over the weekend…
I was lucky enough to celebrate the summer solstice at A Midsummer Mingle hosted by some wildly talented bloggers. You can read more about it here. Check out the hashtag #amidsummermingle too!
It was a night filled with flower crowns, floral infused dishes, thoughtful and beautiful details at every turn, a maypole dance, and friendly company. It was a delectable fete of creative and inspiring energy. Truly a night to remember!
All who attended wore white, which added to the magic of the evening. It created such an ethereal summery ambiance.
In getting ready for the event, I searched high and low for a white dress but couldn’t find one long enough or in my size, etc. etc. What’s a seamstress to do? Well, sew a dress of course. :)
I have a peplum top with princess seams from Forever 21 that I love the fit of. So, I tried pattern rubbing for the first time using THIS technique, to see if I could recreate the bodice and make it into a dress (you can see a work in progress shot on my instagram feed – @deliacreates).
There are still some flaws, like the zipper is too short so getting in and out of the dress each time is…comical ;) and the bodice is a bit tight. Other than that, I am super pleased with how it turned out. The sleeves were the hardest to copy, so I ended up drafting my own gathered sleeve. It took a couple tries and was more challenging than I anticipated, but it was satisfying to get it all to fit and lay right in the end.
Cream looks more flattering with my skin tone, so instead of white, I used some cream poly lining and lace from Jo-Ann. I am pretty sure it is “craft” lace (still in the fabric section though). Even though it was labeled as “craft” I found it to be a softer and prettier lace than what I found in the special occasion section.
I am seriously thinking about attempting this dress again, but adding some ease to the bodice, narrowing and raising my hem, lowering the back neckline into a V, lengthening the bodice and adding other details. Maybe a circle skirt?
I usually prefer sewing with patterns, but it is kind of an addicting thrill jumping in feet first with a sewing experiment! I know I’ll definitely give pattern rubbing another try!