Friday, April 4, 2014

Normandy dresses ...

With the change of seasons comes a change of wardrobe, and I'd like nothing better than a closet full of Normandy dresses for spring and summer.


Images above and below via Pip-Squeak Chapeau.

You've probably heard these called pillowcase dresses or drawstring dresses, and they're the ultimate in comfort. But, I love the Normandy reference ... effortless French seaside charm in a garment to be worn solo or layered with a humble t-shirt underneath.

You don't have to travel to Monet's Giverny to pick up one of these Normandy beauties. Sveta Dresher makes a collection of clothes under her Pip-Squeak Chapeau label in Brooklyn, New York, including fabulous Normandy dresses from 100% natural yarns and fabrics (shown above.)  Check out the goods from her studio at

Image via

If you're like me, it's time to rummage through those remnant fabrics (even nicely embroidered pillowcases) to create a cool, comfy Normandy dress of your own making. Super easy, too. Although a pattern is hardly necessary, here's a sweet little tutorial to get you through the process.

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