About a year ago, I decided I wanted a chambray shirt dress. Mainly because I tried one on at a store but it didn’t fit me, and rather than trying to find another one, I decided it would be easier to sew my own. At the time I didn’t have time to go fabric shopping, but I did have time for online shopping… so off to fabric.com I went. Little did I know that chambray isn’t just chambray, there many more chambray mixes: chambray linen, chambray rayon, chambray cotton, blue chambray, black chambray, red chambray, dotted chambray, metallic chambray… so I ended up with three different types of chambray since I couldn’t just pick one. One of the chambrays did indeed make it into a shirt dress, but that post will come later. Right now the star is “Telio 4.5oz Tencel Denim Blue” with 60% cotton and 40% tencel. I’m not sure what the 4.5oz means, but this particular chambray was my favorite! And this is the chambray I chose to turn into Deer and Doe’s Sureau dress.
The pattern is pretty straightforward. I cut a size 42 and did not make any alternations. Sorry I know it isn’t very helpful sewing talk. But it has been over a year since I made it, so nothing in the making process really stood out to me.
My gathers could have been better. And… as I write this… and look at the sample on the Deer and Doe website, I realized I completely left off the buttons for this make. I am sure at the time I intended to add buttons to it later, but it looks like I forgot. Not happening now! Or maybe, if I find 4 matching buttons that I absolutely adore. But so far I haven’t missed having them. There is also a side lapped zipper which makes getting in and out of this dress a breeze.
This by far has been my favorite chambray make – it’s easy enough to wear anywhere and everywhere and I find myself reaching for it all the time. It’s good enough for a family dinner, walking at the beach, running errands at the grocery store, or just hanging out with ladies who lunch in Santa Monica.
I kept the same outfit when I went over to French speaking Switzerland in Geneva to visit my friend Jackie who has the wonderful parking karma. In the middle of the day in crowded Geneva, only Jackie can find an empty parking spot less than a minute away from our destination.
The destination? Les Bains de Pâquis. According to Jackie, Geneva is horrendously expensive but there are some affordable places to visit, and this was on her list. Right in the middle of Lake Geneva. The Sureau works as a swimsuit coverup too, because how can one resist swimming in this blue water on such a perfect summer day?
A climbing boulder, even short, in water! No rope needed, just climb up and jump back into the water. But it was a bit too crowded for me to do much climbing, plus it was a strange sensation to be climbing wet. Definitely something I’d like to try again.
The Sureau goes on a hike. Seriously. With ballet flats. Sometimes when the mountains give you an impromptu call, and you don’t have your usual hiking gear… you go regardless! The hike (La Floria) was short, 2km kilometers, however it was a steep incline the entire way. Overall easy.
The next morning I worse, what else, the Sureau again. I’m an ultralight traveler – an outfit can last as many days as I need, but this was a quick 2 day trip so I didn’t bother with a change of outfits. Sureau all the way!
The French countryside has a special place in my heart. Something about it brings out my inner sound of music. No arm movement restriction in this dress, which is a pet peeve for me for lots of other dresses I have.