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« on: May 17, 2006 05:36:14 PM »

Hi everyone!  My boss is having a BBQ for everyone at work (only about 10 people) on Memorial Day.  I want something cute, but also weather appropriate, it's already HOT here.  I really want to wear a tank or a halter...BUT, I don't like to show my arms.   Do any of you creative gals have any ideas??  And, I am a fairly advanced seamstress, so give me all you got!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006 06:18:11 PM »

Heyleslee, your question really hit home with me because it's already HOT here, too!  And every spring, there are all these great outdoor activities, but--it's HOT.  This is my take on the heat and humidity, and that is a skort and a woven top.  The skort in a crease-resistant fabric will look flattering and neat whether standing or seated.  A hip-length top in a crease-resistant fabric will be comfortable and flattering, too.  For myself, I would have a shirt with some fit darts, to keep from appearing boxy, and  would be sleeveless, maybe a button down with a little collar, in a lightweight but crease-resistant fabric.  If and when I wear 100% cotton or linen in the heat and humidity, my clothes end up sweaty, crinkled, and shapeless.  A little bit of poly does more good than harm. You might rather wear a top more bohemian styled rather than a tailored, classic style.  Then your skort would look like a mini.  Also, I've started using Huggies liquid baby powder and it's comfortable.   You might want to try it.  I use a little on my face and it keeps my makeup from melting in the heat.  Well, gotta go try on my skort...

By the way, some bright toenail polish and some outstanding flip flops are also necessary.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006 06:24:30 PM »

Oh my gosh! Thanks for all the great suggestions! I was just thinking I need some new flip-flops!
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006 09:28:54 PM »

I was just thinking I need some new flip-flops!
A girl can ALWAYS use a new pair of flip flops! LOL! Well, I have to say I also don't like showing my arms. I'll be attending a backyard wedding mid-summer and I'm wearing a camisole with a really gauzy peasant top over top with capris!(I'm not too much of a skirt girl either but there are a few on here that I'm kinda likin!) Have Fun!
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2006 10:59:14 PM »

I've found wearing a skirt (wrap around or longer cotton), wedge sandals, singlet top with loose (but shaped) top over the singlet works quite well in summer.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006 12:10:52 AM »

If you're a pretty advanced seamstress, I would suggest making a dress in a lightweight fabric (perhaps a wrap dress?) and doing a modified kimono sleeve, like a half sleeve that bells a little. If it's a lightweight, natural fiber such as linen or cotton, having a flowy short sleeve will be flattering and keep you cool. I'll post a photo of what I have in mind if i can find one.

Here's a pic of the sleeve style, but you could do a modified version: http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/edressme_1898_5912756
Or like this http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/azaleastore_1897_32416099

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006 12:44:07 PM »

Oh! I like the kimono sleeves.

I was thinking something similar to the kimono sleeves attached to a dress something like this one, in a nice, soft, lightweight, cotton/slight synthetic blend:



I haven't ever succeeded at posting pictures, so http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/flaffadoobie/detail?.dir=de26scd&.dnm=246fscd.jpg&.src=ph is where the picture is if it doesn't work!
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2006 12:49:43 PM »

That's a gorgeous dress. If you make one, please share your pattern. That style plus kimono sleeves sounds a lot like this   Plenty by Tracy Reese dress they had at anthropologie a while back. I was trying to find a pic for you.
Good luck!

Edit: I found the dress I had in mindhttp://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=8918&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=297&iMainCat=17
It's a bit lux for a bbq, but at least you can see how flattering the shape is (I normally wear a 16 and this fit me in a 12 because the sleeves are so billowy and the only fitted part is the waist; but I don't have 300 bucks to blow on a dress!)

As clever craftsters know, anthro's website let's you get a veeeeery close up look at the prducts so you can copy them better, er, I mean, know what you're buying. Right.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2006 09:40:29 AM »

Omg! That red dress is smoking! I think I will be doing something like that for the top and wearing it with some capris! There's gonna be a three legged race, so I can't risk a skirt! Shocked this is such a great place to get ideas, you guys rock!
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2006 02:39:48 PM »

o.k. umm this might sound stupid but I don't know when Memorial Day is exactly. (I'm Canadian EH!) So my question is, have you decided what you're going to wear and, if it's passed, what did you end up wearing??? Please post pics of your craftiness!!
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