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Summer Chic

Angelie Martin-Spencer & Arlene Martin
Saturday, June 30, 2012

During the summer we usually love to keep cool by wearing shorter garments, and often sleeveless options like tanks or strapless dresses. However, we often have events that require a chic look and for which very casual looks are often not appropriate. A sophisticated or chic approach to summer dressing is still possible.

If a somewhat conservative look is required, then a tasteful mini length is still possible with long or mid-length sleeves. Minis that are not form-fitting are usually quite classy as well. To demonstrate this look, we feature a belted long-sleeved short dress and a tunic mini with mid-length sleeves.

Natural fibres are often the first choice for cool looks and we still like the comfort of knits. Form-fitting dresses in a moderate length can also be appropriate. With a knee-length in a moderate navy blue, the dress can still be stylish with the scoop back and piped armholes that give a capped-sleeve effect.

We hope these three styles show you options for classy summer looks that can keep you cool without looking too casual.

Steps: Tunic

1. Cut front and back of blouse and facing.

2. Cut sleeves.

3. Join front facing to front of blouse at neckline and topstitch.

4. Join back facing to back of blouse at neckline and topstitch.

5. Join front to back at the shoulders.

6. Join sleeves to the bodice along armholes.

7. Join the front to back beginning at the hem of the sleeves, continuing to the armpit and along the sides.

8. Finish seam edges.

9. Hem.

Make up: Angelie Martin-Spencer

Photos: Marc Evans www.marcevansimages.com

Model: Kaci Fennell

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