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Friday, 28 June 2013

Red Dress

Well the red dress is finished and it is now dark, so the photo is a pretty bad flash hanger shot.

Usual pattern, only with the sleeves to just below the elbow. This is so the dress can be worn with a particular RTW jacket (white/red/black linen with 3/4 sleeves) and I want the sleeves not to show beyond the jacket.
Flared A line skirt cut to just below mid calf, so definitely work appropriate in the summer.

A note on skirt lengths.
I have quite chunky calves and have concluded that in the winter my best look is a hem stopping just below the knee worn with dark opaque hose and often knee high boots.
In the summer it is better to have the skirts much longer - below mid calf, and wear with sandals and no leg covering.
So accordingly my knit dresses for winter have a cowl neck, long sleeves and a knee length hem, but for summer 3/4 or short sleeves, and scoop neckline and a much longer skirt.
I'm planning on shortening sleeves or hems and/or adding collars etc to match these paramenters now I have worked out this is my best look as not all the dresses I have made in the past get worn.


Judith said...

It will be good to go back through your wardrobe and style your dresses to these new lengths - you have made many beautiful clothes that should all be worn regularly ...J

Mary said...

That is great that you have detailed some hem lengths which will work for you. Now you can be assured that anything you make will be to your liking.

RhondaBuss said...

Such a great shade of red. I know the dress looks wonderful on you!

Cherie said...

Interesting comments on skirt lengths! Love your style and look forward to your posts!

MushyWear said...

What a pretty red dress that can be accessorized in so many ways!

Sandra said...

Ruthie, what a lovely, classic dress. I hope you enjoy wearing for many years to come. And your comments about dress/skirt lengths is interesting, especially that it's different for summer and winter. Hmmm, now you've got me thinking! Thanks for sharing *another* pretty dress that you've made.