I made this dress a while ago now - finished it off in March after starting it before the new year - I'm not sure what took me so long. When I first picked the fabric up, I'd planned to make this Simplicity 1194 with it - I love the cross-over straps detail and the cutesy bow detail at centre front. All I needed to decide was what to wear with it, and an occasion to wear it for.
It seemed kind of apt to save my beach print dress for a trip to the beach, which just so happened to be where I spent my birthday last weekend. I changed my Lola Ramona shoes for actually wandering along the sand and exploring the rocks, as well as adding a pair of tights because Sunday had looked a little grey to begin with. Soon enough, though, the weather took a turn for the glorious and by the evening it was bare legs and heels for dinner in a superb little Italian in Aberystwyth.
And as for the question of what to wear with my dress? Well, I must have mentioned that I'd finished my Miette cardigan - my first *actual* garment. I'm really pleased with it, to be honest, and have decided that the colour was the perfect match for the houses in this fabric print. Sure, there are a couple of little mistakes in my knitting, but I really like the pattern and am fairly sure I'll be making more in the future. It's simple to follow and was something I could pick up and do a couple of rows at a time on, which is ideal for when I have a spare five minutes or a quiet lunch break. I've definitely been bitten by the knitting bug and am cracking on with the next garment, which involves a trip back to intarsia, which I learned on my badger scarf.
So, as someone who isn't really fussed about doing anything for my birthday, a weekend at the seaside was just the perfect thing. The weather was amazing, which meant I returned home sunburnt to a crisp, but it was totally worth it. I figured myself out a little running route which I completed each morning (I'm still not a fan of running and really have to force myself to do it, but am hoping that the more I do, the more natural it will become. I've also been persuaded to sign up to Parkrun and will be doing my first one on Saturday - the terror!), and we ate birthday breakfast at a lovely little cafe in Borth.
How did you spend your bank holiday weekend?