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Season of the Dress
Is anybody else happy that it is?
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Date: 5/23/07 11:16 AM

Is anyone else happy that it's the "season of the dress"? I've always liked dresses... It's been so long since I could find any dresses that I liked the style of I'd forgotten.

But I'm really enjoying wearing dresses again. It makes dressing for work so easy now!!!

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Date: 5/23/07 11:41 AM

I really like it. I've been lucky to find some really beautiful dresses that are floral print. I really need to buy some more.

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Date: 5/23/07 11:50 AM

I'm excited that it is. I really like dresses, tho I will only wear them in the warmer months because I'm always freezing otherwise plus as a SAHM a dresses isn't always practical when cleaning, etc.

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Date: 5/23/07 11:55 AM

I learned to really appreciate dresses and skirts when I was pregnant. They were so much more comfortable than maternity pants, especially in the summer. They got me thru my 1st 2 trimesters. I'm still on the kick...just as easy to put together an outfit as with shorts or jeans, more comfortable, and often more flattering to my body!

But no, I don't usually scrub the toilets in mine, either.

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Date: 5/23/07 12:09 PM

I like the dresses, but between my upper arms and my tummy...it has to be just the right fit. For some reason, separates are more flattering to me. But when I try just the right dress on...I know it's a winner.

The Furstenburg wraps made me look like a sausage. A less-expensive Maggie London wrap looked like a million-dollar dress. Go figure! (So, it will be the M. London dress that I duplicate) It's all in the waist and the wrap overlap.

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Date: 5/23/07 2:41 PM

Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for DS to wean himself so I can wear dresses again. I have two nursing dresses, but the rest of them are too much of a hassle to wear (and I'm too lazy to make more nursing dresses when he'll probably wean by the end of summer).
I'm developing a nice stash of dress patterns, though.

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Date: 5/23/07 3:30 PM

Just go to a funeral in the horrid heat in the south and summer is always the season of the cool dress. I like to wear mine sleeveless and long with a slit and a light weight short sleeve shirt jacket type thing over . I used to do the heel /stocking thing but took a cue from the Florida/California folks and find nice dress sandals during the summer to wear with these. I plan to concoct one from a light crinkle crepe soft print that was on the $1 table at Walmart in the very near future. Getting dressed is so easy for church and events -it is nice to know dresses are ok again. I do probably need to look at some more online to see that this year's look like. The younger women have a lot of prints and empires cute things but the oldsters pretty much look like the usual I think.

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Date: 5/23/07 5:08 PM

Which Maggie London style is it? Just curious as a sausage myself.

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Date: 5/23/07 7:29 PM

I love the idea of dresses for summer. however they mostly look like tents when you get up to size 22/24 like I am. Fitting dresses can be surprisingly complicated.

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Date: 5/23/07 10:55 PM

Some of the dresses for plus folks are tents with no shape. I have found with a fba and some gentle shaping in the garment , they can look a lot better. Fabric that has a nice drape to it also seems to lose the tent look of stiff fabrics. There is all sorts of fitting help for plus sizes on this forum to make you love wearing a dress again. For a long period of time I sewed nothing for myself as the few things I tried were a "tent experience. I was buying top patterns by the bust measurement and the shoulders and neck fit was terrible. Now I buy by the upper chest measurement, narrow the shoulders, do a fba after lowering the bust dart and life is good. Sewing is starting to be pleasant again. Don't give up.

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