It’s almost that time of the year again, when cardigans slowly fall off the shoulders and ballet flats surrender to toe-baring sandals; when hemlines get shorter as the days grow longer; when cosy dinners in give way to scorching barbecues. Yes, summer is almost here!
When I lived in Ireland, I lived for the summer – and by summer I mean a few weeks of sunshine, on and off. Here in Singapore, summers come and go unnoticed. Every day is almost the same – hot, humid, and rainy. Which is fine by me, given the tropical rut I’m in. In this sweltering heat, wearing dresses – of any kind, shape, or length – is the only way to survive (though, I have to admit, wading in the rain in a floor-length dress can be a bit tricky). Even my go-to tunics and shorts become uncomfortable after a while. And so for my very first project after settling in Singapore, I made what any maxi-girl worth her salt would make: a maxi dress. A handkerchief maxi dress to be exact.
A handkerchief dress, I think, is one of the sexiest styles a woman can wear. The floaty silhouette suits most body shape while the uneven hemlines create an illusion of longer legs. It is effortlessly elegant – you can wear flip-flops with it and it would still look sophisticated.
The material I used for this project is gray polyester satin stretch fabric with black and white paisley prints.
It has a nice sheen to it and the slight stretch makes it very comfortable to wear. The dress itself was easy to make, so easy actually, that I could have made 5 of them and still have time for my afternoon tea. Here is the finished dress.
If you want to make a few of these dresses to see you through the summer, here is a nifty tutorial to guide you along the way. All you need are some fabric, matching thread, a sewing machine, needle, scissors, and an hour (or less!). Happy sewing!
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