Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summertime, and the Halter is Easy...

This Hot Patterns 103 halter dress was just what I needed for casual summer evenings out, when I want to look dressed, but not like I'm trying too hard. The print on the fabric is what 'casuals' it up. Wearing it with low heels would make it even more casual.

I lengthened the bodice one inch, which resulted in the back bodice being higher than the designer intended in back. I wanted it that way, to cover my halter bra strap. So I installed a snap at the side seam, above the wrap. This creates a bit more security.

I love how this dress wraps in the back - a double back - nice and deep wrap, so a stray breeze is unlikely to show my goods to the world. A good thing.

Nick calls this my 'stained glass' dress. I bought the fabric from Metro Textiles. It's a nice mid-weight cotton, which launders well. Wash and dry with nary a wrinkle.

I love this pattern.

12 comments:

Gorgeous Things said...

Fantastic dress! I just made a "celebrate the hurricane" dress today to mark the end of summer. Enjoy it while you can. :)

gwensews said...

That dress looks fantasic on you. Wear it proudly.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Barbara - I love how you used the fabric for this dress! It is gorgeous!!!

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Is there such as thing as being "too gorgeous?"

Shannon said...

Great dress - very flattering on you. Make more of them!

Lisette M said...

I really like the way you used this fabric ( I saw it at Kashi's also, early this summer). The dress turned out great and it is very flattering.

Mardel said...

fabulous dress! The way you used the fabric is really stunning.

Little Hunting Creek said...

beautiful dress - I love the fabric too. Looks great on you!

Berk said...

Hey Barb
This is fantastic! Wow, where are we going? You are stunning in this! love the photograph! great smile, kudos to the photographer!

Liana said...

Beautiful dress, and great fabric! You look wonderful!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is so perfect for summer evenings! Love it.

Mardel said...

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