Summer in Portland is long bike rides, late night patios, movies in the park, cold local micro-brews on tap, backyard vegetable gardens, winter amnesia, and lots of roses. The roses are highly visible and tangible evidence that summer has not only arrived but has settled in for a while. Every Portlander I know waits out nine months of clouds for those three glorious months of summer. I don’t think it’s coincidence that we also spend about nine months taking leisurely, damp walks through heavily pruned, thorny, naked rosebushes in anticipation of three months of beautiful blooms. It just goes to show that we, the residence of “Rose City”, are an optimistic lot.
As spring is just now beginning to show her sunshiny face, my dress was the only thing rosy in my neighborhood’s rose garden. I had to hunt out patches of sun for photos and nearly froze (slight hyperbole) without my jacket. Just for the record, my sunglasses were for function, not fashion and that is proof enough for me that rosebuds and globs of sunscreen are in my future.
- Fabric: Super slinky, floral satin.
- Pattern: Simplicity 2360.
- Year: Contemporary.
- Notions: Thread & elastic.
- Time to complete: 4-5 hours
- First worn: Last week for photos in the park.
- Wear again? Yes. But perhaps belted.
- Total price: $0
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Collins.