No Capes?

I have a number of black dresses . . . but they are all different. Very, very different.

While it does not, necessarily, make sense to have a half dozen black dresses, it does make sense to have a half dozen professional dresses that vary by sleeve length and skirt style.
I have that!
This dress features short, full sleeves.

I am sense personified

Capelet more noticeable from front; from the side, see sleeves worthy of young Anne Shirley

The sleeves are very full and create the effect of a capelet.
Have you noticed that dresses with sleeves have become available again . . . after years in the wilderness?

A number of details make this black dress one outside the ordinary run of the mine,
as they say in the Supreme Court.

They are not talking about my dress at the Supreme Court . . . yet

Supreme Court opinions say “run of the mine” where you or I might say “run of the mill”

I don’t know why

What’s all this then?

Come closer and see the details on the bodice.

Despite the challenges of a black dress and black detailing, The Photographer has captured the details very well. Bravo, Photographer!
Unfortunately the excellent lighting also reveals cat fur (Mr. Orange) that is sticking to my dress. I always forget to lint-roll m’self before running outside to take pictures.

Not sure what Anne Shirley would make of twill tape and d-rings, but I thought it was interesting

The asymmetrical skirt is gathered and ruched. Fatima and I have fiddled with this visible seam and I am not sure we have it quite right. Originally, the skirt involved too much fabric and this ruffle was bulky. So I had Fatima remove some excess fabric. But now I think that we either need to tighten the ruching or replace the ruching entirely with a flat, curved seam. I will continue to ponder this. You think about it, too. Feel free to send me a sketch.

A work in progress

The right side of the skirt is decorated with more ornamental twill tape.
Altogether, I thought, an interesting dress and an appealing alternative to the classic sheath. Short sleeves are a useful option and these full sleeves are particularly comfortable: no pulling, no sweating.
Edna Mode has warned us against capes,* but I cannot think she would object to this little capelet, which is small and fully attached. I think she would see the utility here.

Looks like a ripcord, but actually serves no function at all

* Edna Mode delivered her edict, accompanied by a cautionary montage of cape-related mishaps, in The Incredibles.

Dress: J.W.Anderson; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Kate Spade

8 thoughts on “No Capes?

  1. The d-rings are excellent here. It makes me feel you could go rock-climbing in this if you so desired. (How did you know they were d-rings? And not, say, c-rings?)

  2. The dress looks like a beautiful 1940’s dress in a movie wherein our heroine has secreted the African diamond that has eluded the murderous fortune seekers and waltzes through her day looking confident and quietly beautiful, the romantic temptress that she is.

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