Because…. I made ANOTHER Gabby dress!
But for others among you, this dress may be very exciting, because, well, look at that beautiful fabric!
Isn't it divine? It's a Japanese cotton-linen I got ages ago. It had been in my stash for a long time, waiting patiently for the right project or occasion. Finally the right occasion came around… a 46 degree day in Adelaide fabric shopping at The Drapery with Anna. Readers, I don't think I've ever experienced that type of heat before. I wasn't in Melbourne for Black Saturday and in Queensland it is pretty rare to get to 40, let alone well above it. I didn't enjoy the heat at all, and the next day (Friday of the Melbourne heat wave) it was still 44 degrees. I actually think I had some mild form of heat stroke as I felt soooooo tired and a bit sick in my tummy.
So I knew something very light, loose, and airy was needed. Inspiration struck and I decided to cut into my beloved piece of Japanese fabric. I wasn't sure what to make, and then just decided to make a Gabby as (1) I had very limited time to sew - I was back at work and knew I could knock out a Gabby in about 3 hours, even with hand stitching the sleeve hems and dress hem, (2) I wanted to let the fabric shine through, and (3) I knew I'd wear this dress a lot.
The spot is placed to irregularly to try and pattern match, and I'm okay with that.
Now onto Adelaide. It was so much fun and extravagant to fly somewhere for the day to go fabric shopping at one fabric store. Thank you Anna. What a treat you gave me! The Drapery is an amazing place to shop. Anna has reviewed it beautifully, but basically, if you love linen, Japanese double gauzes and fine wools, this is your place to shop. The linen in particular was amazing - I bought a Japanese teal linen and a Japanese Ikat-type printed linen. And a piece of Nani Iro double gauze. And… a linen scarf kit and some wool felt bead balls. Did I mention that I saved for this trip for months and I'm now banned from fabric shopping until May?!
P.S. - I'm wearing it with my lovely Elk sandals and and Elk necklace.