If you are one of the lucky folk who picked up the most recent issue of Making magazine, Issue 9 (swoon!) you probably saw the stunning Strand Dress from Meghann at Halfmoon Atelier. In characteristic Halfmoon style, the dress is simple but its elegant details shine through making it a classic! I was lucky to enough to help Meghann test this pattern so I was able to fall in love early.
I had big plans for my Strand dress, it was one of many handmade items designed with a tropical vacation in mind. A tropical vacation that never was. By now, we all have those (heart)broken plans.
It is a good thing, then, that I was able to deck out our front porch in 1970s lounge style and enjoy my Strand dress in full relax mode. I’ve been wearing lots of Halfmoon Atelier patterns during this time like my Anegada and Basic Tank.
I made a small alteration to the original design. I wanted the dress a bit shorter so I took out some inches in the middle gathered skirt portion. The dress hits just below my knee now instead of hanging lower.
For fabric, I used a TABLECLOTH! I just positively fell in love with the texture and color of this tablecloth at a home store and went for it. I’m very glad I did because it’s worn very well so far and it’s got a good backstory.
Plus, if I get a stain on it, it will only feel like destiny. 🙂
I can tell I will be wearing this all summer long. It’s breezy and relaxed but I look put together. Honestly, I don’t look put together very often lately! So, the Strand dress is a great addition to summer porch options. Maybe, fingers crossed, after twelve weeks of quarantine I can even wear it for some outdoor dining soon!
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