Thursday, November 29, 2018

52 Hours of Pure #Sewfrosting

When my number one never ending DIY project made state honor choir for the second year in a row, I knew she was going to need a nice dress for the performance. I could have raided her closet, or even mine for something that would do, but I knew she would also need a dress for her Christmas concert and for...well...Christmas. Will she wear it more than three times? Probably. She is still growing in the upward direction and I don’t doubt she won’t fill out a bit here and there, but I built in some grow room to give the dress some longevity while still making sure it fit her now.

So the decision was made. I was making a dress! I didn’t have to ask her if this was okay. She may be 12 and have a very distinct fashion sense, but she still loves it when I make her a dress. My only hard rule was as much as possible for this dress had to come out of the stash.

As of the first of the year, my stash had grown to the alarming stage of notice by The Awesome Husband, which we all know is horrifying. As stashes go, mine occupies 3 large bins that live in our storage container and a three drawer stack in my daughter’s closet. The problem was the bins in storage were full to the point of bursting and the drawers were having issues closing. The Awesome Husband made several comments about the bins. He had officially noticed. As a result, I’ve spent the last year going through my stash. I have recycled some, given away some more and sewn up more than either of those.

Living in the remains of my stash were two lengths which were very much special occasion fabrics. One is a very lovely silver-gold shimmer rayon, which I offered up along with the lovely green and black flocked acetate taffeta. I told Thing1 she could have both (skirt and blouse combo) or opt for a dress out of just one. She latched onto the taffeta without so much as blinking. Considering I bought the fabric a few years ago with the sole intent of making it into a Christmas dress for her, it was a match made in sewing heaven.

Fabric in hand, we progressed to my stash of patterns. These only get mentioned in a vague “you left a stack of patterns out” sort of fashion. I’m always getting more, but the sheer quantity seems to have escaped notice. After some discussion, we narrowed the patterns down to two, at which point, I made her choose which dress she wanted. New Look 6497 was an early favorite during the pattern search, so I wasn’t at all surprised when she latched onto it in spite of being sleeveless and we are heading into winter. The girl has very definite ideas about what she likes to wear!

We did some measurements, I did a lot of tracing and making a few minor adjustments to the pattern before spreading out the fabric. The most significant adjustment was length. The pattern offers knee length and floor-ish length. The Girl wanted mid-calf. She stands 5’7” these days, with quite a lot of that being in legs. I chopped 4” off the longest skirt length, figuring I would make more adjustments when she tried on the dress. The length held out to the end, with a 1” hem, plus ⅞” hem facing stitched at ¼” from the cut edge, so right at 1 ⅝” total hem.

Where I spent money - lining and velveteen. I had a few pieces of lining in my stash, but I wanted either black taffeta or satin for the lining. In addition, I offered up the design option of velveteen in the front bodice v-section and the back bow. The girl was delighted by the choice, giving instant approval into my design changes. JoAnn’s had both taffeta and satin, but after fondling both, I opted for the satin. Cost of lining and ½ yard of velveteen was exactly $13 after coupons. I later discovered I had four navy zippers but no black ones in my stash. I have never sewn anything navy, so I don’t know why I have zippers in that color. I’m blaming sewing gnomes. I picked up a zipper at Wal-Mart for $1.82. My last expenditure was a sparkle buckle for the bow. I had one in my stash, but managed to break the center bar while threading the velveteen through it. Hobby Lobby, with coupon - $3. If I factor in the original cost of the fabric from of $15.92, the total cost for the dress is just under $34.

Construction -
The last time I sewed a fancy dress of this scale was for my senior prom/4H/Home Ec project between my Junior and Senior years in high school. The dress consumed most of my teenage free time that summer. I had a month between pattern selection on choir concert, between work and family, I had four weekends to sew up a dress out of a fabric I knew was going to require a ton of fussy sewing and finishes.

Skirt left to hang while I worked on the bodice.
The skirt went together quickly; all ten panels of it were done up with French seams. I left the side zipper seam open and moved onto the bodice. Since the bodice was fully lined, I didn’t have to worry about French seams, I could plow through it with a standard seam allowance. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. Except, my standard seam allowance these days is ⅜” because I serge off ¼” to finish all my seam allowances. I haven’t sewn ⅝” in forever and it was princess seams. Both princess seams on the fashion fabric AND the lining took two tries each. The worst part, the problem wasn’t even in the eased area at the bust. It was at the lower front. There was swearing. Thankfully, all four times the error ended up falling inside the seam allowance, so the lovely little holes the needle left in my fabric after I pulled out the stitching are neatly concealed inside the bodice. I had enough of both fabrics to recut the front side bodice pieces, but I sure as heck did not want to and I couldn’t guarantee I wouldn’t screw them up either.

All those pretty french seams!
The pattern calls for the bodice to be stitched up except for the shoulder seams and the zipper seam, then stitched together at the neckline, with understitching up to about an inch on either side of the shoulder seams. Then the shoulder seams are stitched on both and the lining stitched in place. I have never had good luck putting a lining in this way. My shoulder seams never look fabulous and I’m never happy with how the lining looks. I opted to stitch the bodice complete, except for the zipper seam, and join the two completely at the neckline, understitching the whole neckline. I knew this meant more handwork on the armholes, but I knew I could make them look good, so I went for it.

Armhole at the top, understitched neckline at the bottom.

Stitching in the lining at the armholes can be tricky. It takes patience and planning. First step was to machine a line of basting stitches onto the fashion fabric. I used the standard ⅝” seam allowance the pattern called for, but shifted my needle two ticks into the seam allowance, which put the mark at just a smidge less than ½”. I clipped the curves to my stitching line and pressed the armhole to ⅝”. The lining was the same, except I shifted the needle two ticks outside the seam allowance, which put it just shy of ¾”. I clipped to the line and then used the line as my pressing guide. The lining was now right at ⅛” smaller at each armhole, neatly fitting into the shell of the fashion fabric without anything showing. I fell stitched the armhole lining into place.

The inside bits, lining all stitched down.
I attached the skirt to the bodice before I did the hand stitching on the armholes, and Thing 1 slipped it on. She only managed to stab herself twice on the various pins in the lining. I knew this was my only opportunity to make any fit changes. Beyond this point, changes were going to put holes in obvious places. The dress fit like a dream! The time I spent measuring her and all the pattern pieces and making tiny little adjustments on those bits of paper were well worth it.

Hong Kong finishes always look so pretty.
My next challenge was the zipper seam. I knew doing a french seam could be done below where the zipper would be inserted, but I have been less than pleased when I have attempted this. I decided to do a Hong Kong Finish on this seam. I have loads of fat quarters. I stock up when JoAnn’s runs them for $1 or less a piece, washed, pressed and folded away. I pulled out one with a black and white swirl print that mimicked the flocking on the dress and turned it into bias binding. There are loads of tutorials on Pintrest for this, so I won’t go into the process. I get around 5 yards of bias from one fat quarter. More than enough for two runs down the one long seam. This was the first time I did an invisible zipper in a side seam and it took two stabs to get it straight and even. Once again, I managed to have all my screwups fall inside the seam allowances!

The zipper is so invisible, you can barely see it!

I rummaged through my stash and found two rolls of ⅞” wide black polkadot grosgrain ribbon. Sometime in the last year, Sewing Artistry did a piece on Instagram or her weekly email newsletter on grograin ribbon as a hem facing. I can’t remember which, but the post stuck in my head and I’ve been using it here and there with great success. The poly grosgrain ribbon tackles curves like bias, and with a careful application of heat (and a good press cloth), the ribbon can be formed to your hem curve without needing a lot of easing on A-line hems. A bit of measuring told me I had 5 ½ yards of a-line shaped hemline which I knew would be the perfect application of a ribbon facing because easing acetate taffeta and making it look good was not something I wanted to attempt. I didn’t have plain ribbon in my stash, but no one was going to see the facing and Thing 1 thought the ribbon was fabulous, so polka dot hem facing it was! I ran a line of machine basting at ¼” from the edge of the skirt, lined up the ribbon and stitched it into place.

I was still dreading the hem on this dress and put it off to stitch the lining into place at the waist and along the zipper. There was nothing left but to tackle the hem. My biggest fear was the stitching showing on the face of the fabric, but I could not see a way around it. This time, Bluprint to the rescue! There are so many wonderful couture sewing classes available. I highly recommend the ones by Kenneth King and Alison Smith. One of Alison’s classes tackled heming a lovely skirt. She put a woven interfacing into the hem allowance, which gave the hem extra body and a bit of weight, plus when the heming was done, it was stitched to the interfacing and not the fashion fabric! I could do this! I took a medium weight woven fusible interfacing and bias cut it into 2” strips. These were fused to the fashion fabric with a press cloth and a ton of steam. This process gave me a very pretty hemline on the outside, along with permanently curving the ribbon to the right angle on the inside. I let the dress hang for 24 hours after all the fusing/pressing. I carefully stitched the ribbon to the interfacing with a stitch I learned watching Kenneth and Alison, but heck if I can remember what it was called! All I know is not a single stitch of my hem shows on the face of the dress, and the hem is neatly secured and pretty on the inside!

Thing1 loves skirts and twirl and particularly, skirts that twirl. Ten panels of skirt with 5 ½ yards of hemline equals serious twirl. Each fitting required a twirl session. I knew early on that a waist stay was probably going to be a very good idea to help carry the weight of the skirt and all the twirling. I used the same grosgrain ribbon from the hem facing, adding a skirt hook just inside the zipper opening. It was a pretty simple change but it really helped the way the skirt hung the next time she put it on. Little things!

The last thing to do on the dress was the bow. The pattern calls for the bow to be removable and placed at the upper back of the bodice of the dress. It snaps into place. I had enough velveteen for a small design change so I gave Thing1 the option, she could have the bow as designed or we could put it at the waist on the front. Sparkle bow buckle on the front won before I even finished explaining the options. I cut a 3 ½” wide strip of velveteen to make a waistband with a ⅜” seam allowance and a second strip of the same to make the ribbon “ties” to dangle down the front. The waistband was stitched in place from the bodice dart, all the way around to the zipper opening. The remaining band wraps across the zipper opening to two giant snaps to close the waistband after the dress is zipped up.

My only other construction struggle on this dress was thread. The entire thing is stitched in black thread because I could not find a green to match. The olive green is super pretty, but none of my local thread options came anywhere close to matching up. I stitched up several seam samples and confirmed the black wasn’t going to show or be obvious on the front of the dress, so I went for it.

Give me model!
This dress is serious frosting. It is gorgeous and completely impractical for day to day wear. Thing1 absolutely adores it. I enjoyed the heck out of making it! As an added bonus, the dress was 100% complete a full 4 days before she needed to wear it. I didn’t spend frantic hours in the depths of the night to get it finished. I took it slow, approaching each challenge with very little stress. I was blissfully relieved and hugely pleased when it was done and immediately sewed up a maxi skirt in less than an afternoon, which I rocked as choir chaperone. I want to make another time consuming, mentally taxing sewing project, but this time for me. I have my eye on a tailored vest out of a wool houndstooth.

Thanks to Heather (Closet Case Patterns) and Kelly (True Bias) for their #SewFrosting challenge. I'm not sure if I would have jumped headlong into an acetate taffeta dress without a bit of subtle sewcial nudging!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sew Daring

It's a knit dress! I feel like there should be some shouts of excitement. Perhaps some dancing about. I sewed a knit dress. What's more, it's a Franken-Dress. A combination of two very lovely knit patterns, McCall's 6957 and 7092. GillianCrafts of Crafting a Rainbow dared me to stitch up a knit dress as my sewing dare. Dare done.

I should be excited, but I'm not. I don't like this dress. I didn't enjoy sewing this dress. In fact, toward the end, I was powering through just to finish the dress and get it the heck out of my way. I managed to stop and try it on just short of the hem. The low part of the high/low hem was too low, so after a few photos, I hung the dress and walked away.

Let me go back three weeks, when the dress was just a pile of pieces and I was looking forward to tackling a new adventure. Okay, I was somewhat leery of attacking a knit. I managed to actually rethread my serger in pink thread because I knew the back seam was going to show through to the front because of the lower back hem. There was excitement. I managed to thread it right the first go and it took barely five minutes! A few tweaks and adjustments later and I was ready to go.
The moment of excitement and bliss.  This is going to be
the most awesome dress ever. Ha.

This is where things started to go horribly wrong. The back pieces serged nicely. Happy sewist. The front modesty pieces folded in half and again, serged up like a dream, as did the top bodice pieces. It wasn't until I went to put the pleats into the front that the swearing began. Since the pattern calls for the bodies pieces to be folded in half and THEN the pleats neatly folded and stitched, there are four layers of super thick scuba knit in six spots across the front of the bodice. These layers then layer on top of the modest pieces, which are also folded in half and then layered on top of each other. So in a four inch wide spot, there are no less than eight layers of scuba. Both machines staged a mutiny at this point.
Don't ask.  Just don't. It's terrible.

I responded to the mutiny with suggestions that are not even anatomically probable for a human, much less a machine, and rethreaded the sewing machine with the super heavy duty denim thread and after a few more tries I switched to the denim needle. More swearing. More unflattering and highly unlikely suggestions. I resorted to hand sewing a couple of spots just to get everything to hold together and declared the front empire waistline complete. Rethreaded with the pink thread and the needle for knits, the machine and I tackled the center back seam. Two simple layers of scuba and the machine skipped it's way down the seam. Literally skipped. There were spots here and there with two and three stitches that didn't sew. Yet more swearing. I tried several different needle combinations before I just went back to the jersey needle and restitched the entire seam over the top of the first run. It still skipped, but in different spots.

Every single seam in this dress has been stitched through twice, sworn at the entire length of stitching and in some places, I still had to go back and run it through again. I looked at my work and sighed mightily. Not a single seam lay flat. This is scuba. It is not iron friendly. I tried on a scrap, just in case, with a press cloth and because I'm a glutton, I even hit it with steam in hopes of finding something, anything to get it to flatten out. Short of going through and stitching each seam allowance down, it ain't gonna happen. The whole thing has a sloppy look because of it.

By this point, my animosity toward the fabric was pretty high. I still thought the dress looked pretty on the hanger. Honestly, more than anything I was just relieved that the assembly part was pretty well done. I tried on the dress and hated it. The back portion of the high/low skirt was so long it brushed the backs of my ankles. I drug the hubs out to take pictures and get his comments. He was confused by the back length, confirming my own concerns that it was too long. After looking at the pictures, I was more sure that this dress was horrible. So I did what any self respecting sewist does. I posted it on Instagram and begged Gillian to convince me to not hate it.

It didn't' work. My feelings were so strong that I hung the dress figuring I would come back in a day and hem it just to have it done. A day turned into an entire week. The dress hung off the curtain rod in the dining room. I would walk by it every time I went to the pantry and glare furiously at it. Finally, I was more tired of having it hanging unfinished, so I went back and cut a full 8" off the lowest portion of the high low skirt on the pink dress. The skirt back at a more comfortable length for me, I put a 3/8" hem around the whole thing.
The white is 6" of pattern I cut before I decided
it wasn't near enough off the back. I cut
above the line of washers.

Finished and done.

I took the finished dress outside to take a few pictures in the sunshine...and found some lovely pull lines on the surface of the front of the skirt. The final nails in the coffin for this dress.
Ignore the white bit of fuzz.  Just look at those stupid pull
lines!  I haven't a clue where they came from.

After spending so much time glaring (and swearing) at it, I've decided that I don't completely hate it. However, the pull lines are pretty obvious, so it really isn't a wear out of the house dress. It is a good stay at home and lounge around the house on a Saturday sort of dress, while still being presentable if company happens to drop by. I don't really have any of that, so I guess that's something.
Inside back, the seam that annoys
me the most.

The seams that just refuse to lay flat.

I'm coining a new sewing phrase just for this dress...Wearable Wadder. Frankly, I think that translates into I put far to much sweat and swearing into the dang thing to throw it away in spite of its incredibly obvious problems. Do you have any wearable wadders?

Friday, June 5, 2015


Recently, I've been reading posts about people's sewing spaces. I think it is wonderful to have a space dedicated to sewing. My space is also dedicated...dedicated to feeding my family. Once upon a time I had an rather large sewing space in a spare room. When Thing 1 arrived on the scene, my space was split in half and shared with the hubs. Thing 2 came along, and we knew it wouldn't be long before both Things would need their own space. My space was once again reduced, this time to a bit of room in Thing 1's closet and a few bins for fabric out in our storage container.

There are some real positives to sewing at the dining room table.
1 - I have to be neat. Everything must be picked up and tucked away in time to put hot food onto the table. It forces me to keep tidy, or waste precious sewing time in cleaning up.
2 - My sewing is almost super organized.
3 - I love my sewing tools, but I'm less likely to waste money on tools that take up tons of space. Which leaves me more money for fabric.

The things that I consider essential in my sewing supplies have been reduced to one basket and a small, flat storage case. Let's check out the pieces.

First, the basket. Overall, this is not a very large basket. It is large enough to hold several of the square mason jars, my box of machine bits, some interfacing, bias binding, ribbon and a couple of patterns that are next up in the sewing queue and need to be cut out.

I can also tuck the foot pedals and cords for my sewing machine and serger in along one side. One of the large square jars has the flat portion of the lid removed so I can use it to hold my collection of scissors and marking tools. The small square box at the bottom left is my hand sewing kit, consisting of some needles, a needle threader and a thimble.

Top shot. You can see I have a couple of spools of thread tossed in and the spools of ribbon change based on what I'm working on.  Currently, I'm down to the wide spools of white and black. There are four jars in the basket.  Two of them in the lower center are 8oz, and are stacked one on top of the other.  The bottom one holds coils of horse hair and stay tape, while the top one holds my pins. In the lower left is a large jar that holds 100 Wonder Clips.

The second, open top jar holds my cutting/marking tools. From left to right, they are a Nancy's Notions seam guide, Fiskars 45mm Rotary Cutter, Fiskars spring loaded snips, Gingher Scissors in 8" bent dress maker shears, 5" craft scissor and 8" pinking shears.  On the far right is assorted marking pencils in white, blue and silver. Underneath all of this is my Olfa 24x26 cutting mat.

My jars. The left is 16oz, wide mouth, square. The right is 8oz, wide mouth square. Pins are glass head so I can iron over them. I used to have some plastic headed pins but after an ironing incident, I switched to glass head.

My sewing box, which holds my bobbins, measuring tape, machine needles, assorted small tools and an empty pill bottle which doubles as my sharps container for bent pins and used needles.

A close look at the assorted tools.  Left to right they are a Dritz mechanical marking pencil, Gingher seam ripper (LOVE this!), flat blade rotary marker, 4" ruler, bamboo point turner, 6" ruler.

One of the things that helps keep me tidy when I'm sewing is this bowl.  It's nothing spectacular.  I made it years ago in a pottery class and until recently, it's greatest achievement was the near sentient colony of dust bunnies that was living in it's rather shallow depths.  These days, it is my sewing version of Rachel Ray's garbage bowl. Snips of fabric, bits of elastic, the loads of trimmings from the serger and whatever else gets clipped, snipped, unpicked, etc while I stitch goes into the bowl. At the end of the day, I can just dump the bowl and save myself loads of time picking up all those little bits.

And this is a gratuitous shot of my able assistant who is nearly always in the middle of my sewing business.  She likes to lay right next to the foot pedals of whatever machine I'm using, hoping for a quick rub between seams. She looks a bit grumpy here, but that's because I woke her up and made her sit on the table for this picture.

So that's my space. Do you share your space with the rest of your family? What do you consider your essentials when it comes to your sewing tools?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Playing Dress-Up

Before - Plain, double stacked and glued washers
I suppose everyone who has looked to buy pattern weights has witnessed the absurd costs companies think we should pay for them. The packaging isn't any better than the pricing, when it comes down to it. Seriously, a pack of four weights? Where is the point in that? You'd need how many packages to hold down one large skirt pattern piece? How about a coat back?

If you've shopped for pattern weights, then your next step was probably Pinterest, the mightiest time suck of the internet. Based on my own hours of wasted time, I'd say the washer style pattern weights are probably the most popular. They are certainly the easiest to make. A stop at the hardware store and you've got yourself a stack of weights. What's more, they come in a variety of sizes, which is particularly useful for everything from tiny facing pieces to large coat/skirt pieces. You can leave them plain, paint them with spray paint or nail polish, or wrap them in fabric strips or ribbon.

My preference is ribbon wrapped. I'm not going to share a tutorial, because frankly, there are loads and buckets of them already out. It isn't particularly difficult, all you need is some ribbon, glue, washers and perhaps a good movie on the TV. I like my weights with a little heft so I use a double stack of washers, hot glued together to keep them from shifting about while I'm wrapping. The glue in between isn't required, but I find it easier to work with them stuck together.

After - Pretty!
I took some time today to add a few more to my growing stash. I really like to lay out a full pattern in my living room floor and have found that I kept running short on a couple of the sizes I like to use. We were in our local Atwood's Farm & Ranch store, which runs the washers for $1.99 for a pound. Ten dollars netted me enough washers to make seventeen weights. The seven largest weights accounted for half my cost. After I got them wrapped, I thought they were very nice but lacked something. Honestly, I've felt this way about all my weights, so this wasn't at all surprising. I dug into my ribbon and button stash to come up with a fix.

A bit more hot glue and a little dressing and Voila! Fancy weights. Just because their sole purpose in life is to hold down my patterns while I cut out my fabric doesn't mean they can't be pretty.

The buttons were bought several years ago and intended for a Christmas project. My tree has a snow theme going for it. The colors are some of my favorites, which meant I had a load of ribbon bits in varying teal/aqua color tones. It didn't even occur to me that there might be another underlying theme until Thing 1 came to take a look at my project and proclaimed them Frozen Weights! Ha. Elsa should be so lucky to have pattern weights that look so good!

How about some close up shots at my fancy new lovelies?


Do you use pattern weights? Have you ever considered dressing them up a bit?

Monday, April 6, 2015

That's A Wrap

Despite living in Oklahoma, my internal thermometer iss set to freezing. This means I spent at least 3/4 of the year layered up. It is rare for me to be seen out and about without some sort of cardigan or lightweight jacket. So when Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs put out a tester call for a cardigan, I jumped at the chance. The timing couldn't have been better for me. Honestly, this is the last thing I sewed before the Cedars and Elms began their annual fornication routine that drags me down with the Allergy Plague. The Bradford Pears joined the party as I was finishing up the cardigan, putting me out of sewing commission right into the first days of Spring Break. The monsters are back to school and thankfully, I'm starting to remember that my lungs belong on the inside of my body. I might just survive until the Dogwoods and Cottonwoods jump into action.

I bought this lovely ivory Pontielle knit from nearly two years ago with the intent of making it into a cardigan. Score one for the home team for actually using the fabric for the purpose it was purchased! The knit is a good weight for the capricious Oklahoma Spring weather, which can range from 40's in the mornings to 80's by the time the sun goes down. It also pairs nicely with t-shirts and jeans as well as skirts and slacks.

Seriously loving the way the front
hangs on this!
This is a quick make, with three seams and a couple of set in sleeves. Kimberly suggests going with unfinished hems, but I opted to fold over my edges and stitch them down with a double needle. I like the way the hem adds body to the front drape with this particular knit. The pattern calls for setting in the sleeves after the side and shoulder seams are completed. While that definitely works, I ended up stitching the shoulder seams first and stitching the sleeves in flat. As a tester, I really should have followed the pattern directions, but I was behind nearly all the other testers and I knew that particular part of the pattern was well tested. I wanted to serge those particular seams and I knew that trying to do it with setting in the seams was a recipe for disaster for me, despite my serger having a free arm feature.

For anyone wanting to follow my lead and stitch the sleeves in flat, you will need to do the slice into the front pattern pieces and stitch the center neck seam first. Mark the center back and match it to the center neck seam. Pin, or use Wonder Clips to line up the centers out across to the edge of the back shoulder seams. Stitch and press, then line up the sleeves and stitch those before tackling the side seams. At this point, you can call it done or you can go the extra mile and hem the sleeves and body. I added some stay tape across the shoulder seams to give that area some extra support. As an avid wearer or cardigans, I knew that seam would get the most strain. Despite two runs with the serger, I still managed to have a pesky hole where the shoulder met the neck on one side. After a few choice words questioning the parentage of the fabric, I dug out a needle and thread and hand stitched the hole closed. You can't even tell it was ever there!

The only addition I made to the pattern was an elastic band across the back. After I tried on the finished cardigan, I thought there was too much loose fabric across my tush and I just didn't like the way it hung. Using one of my favorite cardigans for reference, I encased some elastic in fabric and stitched it across the center back. Kimberly asked if I would write up a tutorial for this and since I took tons of photos of the process I said I was delighted. Look out next week for that tutorial and a chance to win your own copy of this awesome cardigan pattern!

OMG!  The Sun!  It Burns!

Obligatory tush shot

Do you have a favorite transitional garment to carry you through those awkward capricious weather days?