Vendors with sprawling smiles and sweeping arms gesture at passersby offering, "Let me show you my store".
They pause their track to playfully yell, "Andele! Andele!" as Michael and I dart in and out of the crowd.
We hadn't planned to run on vacation. In fact, I rarely volunteer to. But, Playa Del Carmen very nicely lends itself to the activity.
Somewhat spontaneously, we stopped into an active wear shop and bought ourselves watershoes- Not our typical choice for running, but perfect footwear for transitioning between bricked streets and sandy beaches as we looped from our hotel, down near the ferry docks, and back around, up the coastline.
We dripped in sweaty satisfaction, pleased for having made such a good choice-then we rewarded ourselves handsomely, " Un cono grande con chocolate y coco, por favor".
This dress begged to be photographed at the beach.
Sometimes, my mind is too literal. I couldn't break away from the obvious palate similarities between this fabric and sand/water. Also, the single shoulder and necessary belted shaping had me feeling a little "shipwreck chic"
Vogue, Very Easy 7699 is, well, very easy. There are two main pattern pieces. That's it. If it weren't for the side pockets, the construction could be summed-up as three seams and a shoulder gather. A belt is critical- In order to achieve a flattering line, the dress is bloused over the top of one. The fabric is sheer, so I underlined completely. Aside from being a bit heavy, the fabric(s) is suited well to the pattern.
The pattern was printed in 1980 (I'm not sure what the bench-marker is for vintage...I consider anything that pre-dates me as vintage, for now).