Today is the second day I have worn this dress. The fabric is a wool french terry. Couldn't I have made this dress? Well, most certainly - IF I could find the fabric, IF I had the time - If I made a muslin first to make sure I liked it before spending the time and money to make it. Wool knit fabric is EXPENSIVE, so I probably would not have saved much by making it myself. Another thing, this dress has matching ribbing on the neck and arms. I haven't seen this anywhere for sale. In California it is hard to find anything made of wool because we just don't get that much cold weather. There are some online sources, but of course, we all know the ups an downs of ordering fabric online (although I must admit that I buy almost all of my fabric online). There is a wonderful store in Beverly Hills called International Silks and Woolens. They might have a good selection there, but that is at least 4 hours from where I live. Anyway, I'm glad I bought the dress.
My dress is currently hanging outside to air out before I bring it in tonight. It is inside out, so I thought I could go over some of the features of the Sierra Tank Dress:
The dress is well made and has a "facing" in the back. No tags!
There is a nice binding on the armholes and neckline that lies flat and does not gather up the dress fabric.
Today I wore my dress to church and got several complements. I always take a wrap with me whenever I go somewhere where there is (or might be) air conditioning. Our weather is still really hot here, but I still get chilled if there is air blowing on me.
Today I styled me dress with black wedges, a black necklace, and black wrap. I was super comfortable all day, even after I spent about 45 minutes watering my garden in the heat.