Fall is finally here, which means most of us Gothy types are pretty happy. We tend to love layering gorgeous mixes of flowing, drapey fabrics in ways that are far too heavy for stifling summer weather. Not to mention the inherent dislike of sunshine and sweat… Personally, I could not be more happy each year once Fall finally arrives. Unfortunately, here in Southern California we have to be very, very patient. November is here now and we are still having rather hot days with only a few cooler ones mixed in. It’s not unusual for temperatures to be in the 60s on Christmas day around here, but thankfully by then it’s getting much cooler and those warm days are fewer and less frequent. I’m looking forward to that time, but meanwhile at least the evenings are soothingly cool.
In addition to enjoying cooler temps, I’ve been working hard at the gym to lose a bit of “stress weight” I put on early in 2012 (you may remember my struggles before I left my last job, that led to eating lots of chocolate), and to tone up this 40-year old body. Being more satisfied with my figure now than I was a year ago, I was excited to pull this VERY body-conscious sweater dress out of the back of the closet and take it out for a night on the town.
This dress came from Newport News several years ago. I never wore it much because it’s actually beyond ankle length on me, and being so skin tight I thought it looked strange hobbling around (and tripping a lot) in a sweater that covered my toes! I know it’s nearly impossible to sew knit without it looking terrible, so chopping it off and hemming was out of the question. I decided to try just folding it under about 8 inches and pinning it on the seams. I thought there was no way it would work and not show, but it actually turned out perfect! I love the proportions of the dress much more now.
Many of you out there have already been enjoying glorious Fall weather much longer than those of us in Southern California, so hopefully you’ve got your sweater collection in heavy rotation now. So, start linking! 🙂
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