I used a length of crispy black linen with quite a nice weight and crumple to it, and a pattern that I drew up myself and am mostly pleased with. I was going for a kind of vintage-style day dress look, except a bit more loose and organic in feel, and the result is pretty relaxed and less fitted than it could be- I should probably have made it a bit smaller. But that's okay, it will be extra comfortable to wear I suppose. The bodice is shaped with long vertical darts in the front and back, and lined in black cotton lawn, with a zip up the side.
The hem has four rows of hand-stitching in different coloured threads- it's what I was working on here a couple of weeks ago. I would have posted a picture of me wearing the dress, but my legs are whiter than those lilies up the top there, and the contrast was a bit much, (but don't you love that wild clump of lilies amongst the weeds in our garden?)
I hope your weekend will be a lovely one. Ours will include a party, a ballet show, extra children and some painting (hopefully.) See you next week.