It’s summer 2019 and The Directrice is up to her old tricks: sundresses, disturbing necklaces, NSFW sandals.
Isn’t it nice to know you can depend on something in these turbulent times?
This JCrew dress, made from the most charming Liberty fabric, needed a few minor adjustments.
The dress had a little ruffle around the neckline — which was fine, but I got rid of it. Although I bought my regular size, the bodice felt a little big. Fatima added darts at the bust, but it still felt loose.
What to do? I engaged in the type of self-help that Fatima and my hair-stylist beg me not to engage in . . . and moved the buttons myself to create a diagonal placket from the waist to the neckline. Five buttons, more or less in a straight (but diagonal line), more or less lined up with their respective button holes. I trimmed two inches off the bust and now it fits perfectly.
I actually like the cut of the dress better for my lazy, unskilled alteration. Now the armscyes have a little oomph to them — they curve in like a racer tank. And I like the off-center top button and uneven neckline.
See? I think it’s charming. Charming or not, it’s indisputably mine.
I love this dress and expect to wear it frequently this summer.
I tried out a couple of other ways to wear it.
Variation No. 1, with sneakers and a fun belt.
Rainbow, platform sneakers! I tried to make these sneakers the Official Summer Shoe of my practice group, but was thwarted by the limited range of available sizes.
Note: The really cute Supergas always seem to sell out.
Variation No. 2, with an interesting necklace!
Of course I know what these are!
Dinosaur eggs decorated with photos of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany Dome and the Eye of Sauron. What else could they be?
This necklace may look heavy, but it’s as light as a feather. These beads . . . orbs? . . . are made of papier mache.
I found this necklace on eBay, while trying to find out more about Maria Calderara, who also made this necklace.
Can you imagine cutting this necklace out of your life?
Have a fantastic weekend!
Dress: JCrew; Black belt: DSquared2; Yellow belt: Off-White; Sandals: Skechers; Sneakers: Superga; Hideo-marvelous necklace: Maria Calderara