It's the time of year to start thinking about warm days and outdoor living (at least in this hemisphere - I know you Aussies are looking to sweaters and cozy things just about now!) Where I live, summer is short and warm weather fleeting, so we spend every moment we can outdoors when weather permits. I love the idea of the long summer dress, flow-y and dream-y, perfect for outdoor music festivals, afternoons at the park, evening barbecues and days at the beach (lovely as Lake Michigan is, it is always too cold for me to swim in!)
Inspiration: courtesy Anthropologie, Pieced Gauze Dress by Wendy Katlen. Somewhat Bohemian, but not too much. Flow-y, but not in a "is she pregnant?" sort of way.
McCalls 5624 looks so breezy and light! Pattern calls for faille (definition from Mill Outlet Fabric glossary: A somewhat shiny, closely woven fabric of silk, cotton or synthetics, characterized by flat, crosswise ribs. It can have a stiff or a soft finish) or lightweight broadcloth (definition from Mill Outlet Fabric glossary: A fine, tightly woven fabric in a plain or twill weaves with a slight horizontal rib). Above left is Beijing Dots silk faille (found at Vogue Fabrics). Above right, lightweight cotton floral (found at Gorgeous Fabrics).