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Bring on the Buffet Dress (and sandals)

Bring on the Buffet Dress (and sandals)

One of the first challenges in the latest series of Sewing Bee was to design and make a Buffet Dress. The long, flowing frock with a relaxed shape that became a lockdown hit. Over the mini-heatwave this last week, I’ve pumped up the volume and opted for a big dress from Cotton Conscious. The joy of Peak Waftiness! (In fact, this is so wafty, I usually hold it in place with a cross-body bag). As someone who prefers faff-free simple silhouettes, I’ve never considered the gathered, flouncy style of many summer dresses to be my thing, and so it’s taken a while to get my head around going big. But you don’t know until you try  – and embracing easy-breezy frocks is a surefire of way of keeping your cool.

Photo: Claire Pepper