I made three items and will post about these over the coming weeks.
In June 2013 I bought this set of Anna-Maria Horner 'Field Study' when I was holidaying in New York.
These are gorgeous cotton/linen blends that lend themselves ideally to dresses, tops and skirts. All I knew when I bought it was to make a 'Study Hall skirt' but I had no definite plans for the rest. So inspiration struck at last and I had used up this fabric in no time.
I love shirred summer dresses, they are flattering and easy to wear and if you are not too busty, you get away wearing them without a bra. They are my go-to summer dresses for at home and when I holiday in the Caribbean in the winter. The one dress I have been wearing for the past 5 years or so is finally losing shape. It was store bought and was great but the shirring is slackening and overall it's a bit tired now.
So I took out the wonderfully named 'Parenthetical in Deep' from my stash and set out making a new summer dress.
I love the way the pattern is squished together through the shirring and so much liked it that I made also a shirred top but more of that in another post.