A dress for a Summer Fête (or maybe to harvest zucchinis...as I'm doing here...)
Originally I had planned orange horizontal stripes on the skirt, but I dropped them in favour of the navy grosgrain belt.
I couldn't let go of the orange stripe completely, so I incorporated a flirty orange hem on the inside of the skirt - just enough to peak out as I walk, but not an obvious stripe. It also saved me an extra centimetre in length, since I cut the skirt shorter than intended. (Also a handy trick for when the main fabric is in short supply.)
The grosgrain ribbon belt is a tie from an old pair of shorts. I cut off the leather ends and added a hook and eye closure.
These three pleats on each hip are in place of gathers. I like the effect, the skirt is very light and the pleats unfold ever so slightly with the wind as you walk.
Now to find the party...!