Enough editorializing for now, what about the dress? Hanging lonely and unworn in my closet. Here is why I should plan better for wardrobe basics. A wedding to go to, 5pm ceremony, outdoors, cocktails on a patio at a hilltop winery, dinner indoors after, October, could be warm, more likely chilly, could be freezing . . . Get the drift? Perfect opportunity for a nice 2-piece outfit, maybe a fitted sheath dress and coat in a wool crepe. I do have one in my closet, but not quite fitting at that time, dress a little tight in the hips. So I will wear a dressy black jacket I have to ward off the potential chill. What dress? How about this black/pink floral fabric. I rarely wear black. Not really black, it's a print. Always wanted to make S2588. Quickly cut out and sew up. Seems to fit OK. Finish pressing, get dressed and go. And then all evening wished I was wearing a full length coat as it was more than a bit cool - it was absolutely, autumnally freezing!
This dress didn't fit all that well when I finished it, and I find now that it is way too big. I was thinking about doing some refashioning but why bother- I don't really like it, the print seems a bit frumpy to me and obscures the seaming details. The only things I like about it are the neckline and sleeves, they have a nice shape.
I appreciate all the lovely comments on my previous one-hit-wonder. Many commentors said that one did deserve some more wearings, and I agree. It has many of my favorite dress features (sleeveless, bright silk fabric) but I think this one is going in the donation box.
Edited on 7/20/12: I just realized I had made this pattern previously, actually that version I like better, in a solid color. Here is that blog post. Scroll down to see the Simplicity dress.
On the drive home that evening I decided I needed a new coat, one that fufilled at least 3 requirements, those being 1) works with formal clothes 2) keeps me warm 3) a neutral color that will go with any outfit. Based on that resolution I made this black wool coat and in the 2 years since it has been a great wardrobe addition. While it is the height of a very hot summer here in North America perhaps it is time to start planning your own winter coat. If you click over to that post I have lots of details on coat and lapel construction.
I have had a well-loved and frequently worn garment result from a sudden whim but I think on balance the planned items such as the coat work out better.
We are not done yet with the one-hit-wonders, there are more of these languishing in my wardrobe.
Today's SunnyGal garden photo, a rose to match my floral dress. I think the name of this rose is Lipstick (although that could be a different one) Love this color and it is a good repeat bloomer too! Happy Summer Sewing, Beth