I was bought a lovely quality, black linen dress years ago, that made me look like I was in mourning, gaped under the arms and showed my bra. An odd and unwearable combination – covered from shoulder to ankle, accentuating a sturdy bust and a slightly aging upper arm, while flashing ze underwear. No photos of me wearing it exist, but it looked like this sack of potaties with straps.
The lovely quality linen deserved a second chance, so I dug out Vogue 2538
and made it into one of these!
Now I understand why people say that photographing black is very hard – although it might have helped if we’d pulled the blinds all the way up before this partic shot. Or I’d put time *ahem* into pressing the dress.
This is a dead easy pattern and is really flattering line. The shaping means that unbelted it’s comfortably loose and still creates a nice silhouette (and you can indulge in Big Lunch). But it’s not so loose that it looks silly belted. It’s become a great work staple – works well with flats, heels or boots. I even wore it over skinny jeans with heels on a dashing-about-the-West-End-drinking-expensive-cocktails-night and felt quite grown up. Or at least tall enough to look tall Hubby in the eye.
The only downside is, linen creases and I work sitting at a computer. So approx one hour into the day, the bottom area crinkles up and great caution must be taken bending over. From bra-flashing to knicker-flashing in one refashing.