February is the hottest weather here, and it is also very muggy and humid.
This weekend I actually made something suitable to wear in my climate. It is, however, not suitable in any other way, being a garment obviously designed for a tall, young woman, with a slender bosom. It is also designed to be worn over a swimming costume, whilst displaying most of the swimming costume and its contents.
I made a few changes, being neither young, slender of bosom nor intending to wear this over a swimming costume. It is possible that I did not make quite enough changes and continuing readers do so at their own risk.
There, that wasn't as bad as you were thinking, was it?
This "improvement" has 2 main sources.
1. I raised the neckline (can something that low be a neckline?) and made a FBA.
I strongly suspect that the original bodice was drafted for a scanty A.
2. I sewed the cups, bridge and some of the sides of a bra that had strap ageing issues to the wrong side of the bodice lining. I would have taken a photo of this construction addition for posting purposes, but I did it last night and it was too dark.
Other fitting changes included, unfortunately, taking up the straps at the shoulder by 1 inch post construction, something I should have predicted, and using every skerrick of my seam allowance at the centre back waist - highly unusual for me, as I usually need to take in the waist for Burda.
You can see from the horrible wrinkly look at the straps and empire band that I failed to interface sufficiently, or indeed, at all. I do not think this is really a problem compared to the other issues keeping this dress inside the house, as having no interfacing makes the dress even less warm to wear. The fabrics are cotton voile and cotton shirting.
The back of this sundress is rather daring (for me).
I could not do up the tie by myself, which also makes it rather impractical.
However, I think it will serve its purpose admirably.
Perfect for lying in the hammock, now where is that long cool drink?