En Plein Air

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As soon as I saw the paintings of picnics and boating expeditions at the Met’s Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit I knew I wanted to make this dress. Many of the paintings featured floaty white dresses with black dots, and they looked so summery and comfortable. The shape of the dress is loosely inspired by mid-nineteenth century fashion, with a fitted waist and full gathered skirt. The skirt and sleeves are both much shorter than the inspiration, and the neckline a bit more open. And of course Monet never painted women climbing trees. It would have been awfully hard to get a foothold in those skirts.

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Like many of the dresses I’ve made recently, this one has raglan cap sleeves, gathered into bias tape binding. The neckline is also bound with bias tape, and has a bateau shape in front that dips a bit lower in back. The top of the dress is gathered into a waistband at the center front, and the full skirt is gathered all around. It closes with an invisible side zipper.

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Thanks to Prima for help with photography and picnicking.

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