Cool for ikats
Kelly also included something else: a length of lovely lightweight ikat fabric. It's on its side here; I'd cut it with the lozenges vertical.
Now, I rarely wear orange, and tend to veer towards slightly formal, structured clothing. However, I've been in the mood for something a bit different, so this arrived at just the right time. I'm thinking of going down a 70s bohemian route with this fabric. A Thea Porter sort of thing, with fullish sleeves and a flowing skirt. A quick browse online brought up New Look pattern 6448, which looks like it should be relatively easy, and I think I'll have enough fabric, though I'll need to mock up the bodice first to check there's room. (One of the perils of being busty – all the extra volume can mean underbust seams turn into across-the-bust seams.) Thinking of the bodice, I could go the full Thea Porter and do it in a contrast colour/fabric.
Part of me isn't sure if I could pull off a whole dress in orange, but one of the joys of lockdown is knowing no-one's going to see aside from Mr Robot, and we only comment on each other's clothes if it's to dish out compliments. Okay, as a country we're starting to come out of lockdown, but I'm not back in the office till September at the earliest, and I'm still trying to decide whether to work remotely from now on.
If, like me, you're after lockdown loafing wear, Gertie put up a free pattern for vintage-style pyjamas on Charm Patterns. Called Harlow Pajamas, they look absolutely brilliant, and I'm probably going to want to make some of those too!
What do you think of my ikat dress plans? A good idea, or liable to make me look like a giant orange?