I have a confession to make, this dress wasn’t meant to have a gathered skirt. I bought the fabric at the end of last summer planning to make a flora with full circle skirt and I accidentally bought it by the half metre so only ended up with 1.5m.
However I thought actually it could look quite good if I left the lining fairly short and left the bottom of the dress sheer. I also went for thick tie up straps which I think add a bit of girlyness but also give a really nice structure to the dress.
It feels really lovely when on and I definitely love the straps. I’m not 100% on the skirt because it feels a bit like a toga to me, however it makes a change to wear something that doesn’t blow up in the wind, so maybe gathered skirts are the way forward, at least for seaside visits.