Valentine’s Day Dress

Valentine’s Day was practically made for me. Well, me and Saint Valentine. I mean, it’s a holiday involving paper doilies, heart-shaped cookies that turn your teeth pink, teeny tiny envelopes, and the worst (best) poetry and puns imaginable. Get out.

But alas, as I get older, Valentine’s Day seems to fall into the same category as Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Adulthood and his buddy, Expectations, typically crash the party, draining the Awesomeness dry but leaving behind a big puddle of Disappointment for me to mop up in the morning.

Not so this year. I am taking control of Valentine’s Day and indulging in my most decadent fantasy.

Yes, that’s right: Being Warm.

I am ignoring the brutal winds and mountains of dirty ice crust. Instead of snow as dry as sand, why not imagine actual sun-baked sand? What is bliss if not the commingling of sunscreen and sweat?

Ergo, this week I made the sweetest summer dress in the sweetest floral print.

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McCall’s Pattern M6739—I chose Option A, with the ruffled hem on the side panels. The more flounces the better, obviously.

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beach

paris_cafe

royals

What? Oh, I’m sorry—I must have dozed off.

winter

I’m back now.

While the final result is great for the Valentine’s Day of my mind and heart, in real life I think that this dress in a modern, geometric print—perhaps even two contrasting geometric prints—would be perfection. OR I could see making it up in a special occasion fabric, and it would be very Lady Rose MacClare.

Anyway, the moral of the story is Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you do something special for yourself to celebrate.

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