I was then incredibly foolish, and made 2 versions for my then 17 year old daughter. This was a serious miscalculation, as naturally, having a perfect 17 year old figure, she looked so beautiful in this dress that no sensible middle aged mother could possibly wear a dress made from the same distinctive pattern whilst in her vicinity.
Fortunately for my vanity, this daughter now lives several hundred kilometres away, so this summer, I've made myself some new Parfaits, which I must remember to leave at home when I visit my daughter.
Parfait 7, in a very interesting souvenir fabric from Sri Lanka. This finely striped cotton, woven on a hand loom, is a little heavier than a quilting cotton, and started its life as a masculine sarong, as worn by Tamil men in Batticaloa. These are sewn into a simple tube, which is no problem to a fabricoholic with a quick unpick.There is just enough fabric in one of these sarongs for a sundress, and there are two sarongs left in my holiday fabric stash. I adore souvenir fabric.