A couple of years ago, I made a a black dress with holes. At the time, it was a bit of a whim, but it ended up being an unexpected wardrobe workhorse. I wore it at least once a week, all summer. However, it has not aged well. Near the end of last summer, I realized that the holes are so deconstructed from washing that it kind of looks like they are not there on purpose. It was time to retire this garment. I feared that I would have to live a whole summer without a black eyelet dress!
Then came Cidell’s Fabric Mart Trip back in November. They had a lovely black cotton eyelet that I snapped up. I bought it with a full-skirted dress in mind, so I bought a lot. It is amazing how much fabric a full circle skirt takes up.
Initially, I wanted to do something from the book Pattern Magic for the top of the dress, but somehow I thought of this effect for the back, so I just draped it without a pattern. My favorite thing about this dress is the loop that holds the back piece in the center. It is open on the wrong side so I can put my bra band through it. That way, my bra won’t peek out in the back of the dress. I am feeling quite clever to have thought of this.
I love the look of nice lingerie under a sheer dress, but it does not really work with my lifestyle, so I lined the bodice front and the skirt in silk charmeuse. There’s a side zipper so I can get it on and off.