Before I left, I had planned this 40s wrap housedress as my next project:
But upon my return to Houston, I found that evening temperatures were dropping below 70, and hereabouts we call that Fall, folks! The light-colored, lightweight fabric I had chosen suddenly seemed wrong for the season, and that big shoulder ruffle is not the best for layering under a cardigan. So I think I'll set this combo aside for a while. I pondered some other options:
And ultimately decided on this:
Apologies for the early morning light in these shots! The floral fabric is s really soft cotton in a peachy-pink, with pale peach poly/cotton batiste for lining and perhaps contrasting white collar, cuffs and pocket flaps. I think adding the pictured rick-rack detail in a cranberry color would be awesome, and a cranberry cardigan (note to self: acquire one if this dress works out) would make this a perfectly acceptable Fall outfit for the Gulf Coast area.