Monday, August 22, 2011

Gingham Cornflower Dress

Gingham is a checkered woven cotton whose name comes from the Malay adjective ging-gang, which actually means striped. Cornflower is a stunning blue wildflower whose extract can be made into a refreshing all-natural face splash. Both gingham and cornflower are beautiful things, and now they've come together in my Gingham Cornflower Dress! The cheery yellow and blue print of this little dress will go nicely with your favorite earth-tone cardigan as you enjoy a crisp autumn walk among the changing leaves.

Gingham Cornflower Dress is a sweetly simple pull-over design that features a comfy elasticized waistband, complementary cornflower-blue seam binding around the neckline and arms, and fabric-covered buttons at the shoulders. The bodice will fit up to 34" across the bust and the waistband stretches comfortably to at least 36".

Gingham Cornflower Dress is available now at Pageboy Boutique in Pittsburgh!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bandana-Rama Dress

Fact is, I love bandanas. When I was little, I used to tie them to the end of a long stick and pretend that I was a traveling vagabond setting out upon a grand journey. I'd fill the bandana-knapsack with wildflowers and other treasures and imagine what kinds of epic adventures lie ahead. In reality I never quite achieved vagabond status, although I have certainly exercised my nomadic tendencies in my adulthood and also undertaken some pretty grand adventures. One thing, however, remains true: my affinity for the paisley print of a classic bandana, no matter the color, remains steadfast. When I recently spotted a vintage denim apron with red bandana seam binding on the bodice, it was nostalgia-stirring love at first sight! The tired apron needed an overhaul, though, so I sought out some sweet red cotton from which to make a skirt and then proceeded to cut and sew the apron into a simple dress bodice. And that, friends, is how Bandana-Rama Dress came into being!

Bandana-Rama Dress is a full-figure dress with a tie-back waist and a gathered full skirt. The sleeveless bodice features decorative red vintage buttons down the front and bandana-print seam binding and bow. The back of the dress has a 22" red zipper for comfort and ease. The dress fits up to a 40" bustline and waistline. Pair it with your favorite sandals for late-summer style, or with some tights, boots, and a cardigan this fall!

Bandana-Rama Dress is available for $64 at Fabricate Boutique in Cincinnati.