...finished with a heavy cold, I managed to put my hanky down long enough to take the photos.
I put my dress on in honour of the last day. The dirndl is a new shape for me - initially when I read the Sew U dresses book I had thought I would not be making a dirndl dress as it just wasn't a shapee that immediately appealed to me, but look how my opinion has changed! There was something about the fabric (a charity shop find) that suggested to me it needed a dress with a waist. I have been pleasantly surprised by wearing it and how comfortable I felt in it. No need to be tugging at it to rearrange or trying to suck in my stomach! And I love having the in seam pockets. I know they can affect the line of the skirt but I really like having somewhere to stash small pieces of lego or my car key on the school pick up. I wore it in the end with dark brown leggings as my tights collection is somewhat sad and lacking. (Soon to be rectified I hope) I had felt I needed to save this dress for a special occasion - to wear out to drink tea at a stately home, or for a sedate party with a little jiving perhaps, or to a summer fete? But due to a sad dearth of such occasions (and the end of summer) I just wore it for everyday life and it was good.