This being the Year of Dress + Cardigan, I am attempting to incorporate dresses into my everyday wardrobe. The company my husband works for, New England Footwear, planned a hike up Mount Sunapee: This was my opportunity to sew a “hiking dress”, you know, an athletic dress that looked spot-on with my Lime Lites. I consulted my style muse, Cal Patch, because surely she would wear a dress on a hike. We decided loose, cool, and short for good movement, lots of pockets, and leggings to cover my undercarriage.
These are my Go Lite Lime Lites, great for day hikes and daily adventures. The soft teeth on the soles grip the ground and absorb the irregularities in terrain. The hard inner soles keep feet stable and protected. I think they look hot. And I am determined to make them my go-to footwear with a dress.
I cut and sewed a darling red smock, with charming half circle pockets like Cal makes. Just the right length, buttons down the front, delightful fading and puckering of the fabric (I love when fabric looks aged), and my favorite elbow length cuffed sleeves. Sweet.
But then … Wait … Suddenly my darling red smock morphed into a giant red house coat like the neighbor lady wore over her slip, with her Isotoner slippers, sucking down a Marlboro before company arrived for the roast beef and congealed salad. Bummer. I chalked it up as a failure. Sewing failures are fine with me, really, I only wish I had allotted enough time to start again and get it right.
I wore a pair of running shorts and a tee shirt on the hike, which turned out to be really challenging. Five miles through slippery mud, muggy weather and several stream crossings (and then I was wishing I had not sewn a house coat, but instead exercised). As I was climbing a steep outcropping of rocks, I told this house coat story to a friend behind me. She paused and said, “I’m so glad you’re not wearing a dress right now”.
On July 4th we went to the Cate Park Band Concert and fireworks.
I decided I would wear my house coat with some made-by-me leggings. Red is a good American color; push through the awkward house coat-y feeling. And you know what happened? My house coat morphed back into the darling red smock I had envisioned. I love this little number! I’m going to wear the b’jeebers out of it, pair it with dark blue jeans and a cardigan, and maybe even take it on a stroll …
What is wrong with me?