Oh, my. PeaceBang’s stage-motherish heart beats with joy when one of her suggestions works so well for her pigeons. Awhile ago I got a letter from Courtney asking for ideas for a summer preaching dress. I went shopping online and found something from Talbots that I thought was a classic enough shape and had enough coverage to allow a lady preacher in killer heat to preside without fainting dead away. It’s called the Flutter-Sleeve Knit Dress and if I wasn’t shaped like a three-tiered meatball I would own one in every color.
Here is Courtney in the dress I chose, looking just lovely and obviously having survived a day at church. First, her letter. She writes,
Thank you so much for the suggestion of the Talbot’s dress. I wanted to send you a picture to thank you! Please excuse the lack of makeup – I just got home from morning worship and after the morning’s craziness (and sweat, and hugs, and handshakes), I’m afraid I look like I have none on. I had some great poppy lipstick on this morning, but it is no longer present!
It is beautiful, and was perfect for my needs. I’ve worn it two Sundays now, and though our sanctuary is not air conditioned and it is currently over 90, it is keeping me very, very cool. It covers everything, is high enough in the neckline and far enough below my knees that I don’t have to pay any extra attention to how I sit, and it looks great with a stole. It moves and breathes and is super comfortable. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
I wear a thin belt to hook my lapel microphone to, which is the only thing that mars the pretty line of this dress, but it’s necessary until I come up with a better solution.
The only quibble I have with the dress is that’s very revealing. I’m smallish, so I can get away with it, but I still have to wear control top pantyhose to eliminate bumps. I had a bow on the front of one pair of undies that I had to cut off, because it actually showed because the dress’s fabric is so unforgiving.
This will be my summer preaching dress for a long time to come. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here’s our girl looking swell:
By the way, I should think one could wear this to a summer wedding. Add a big flower in the hair for the reception and change out the shoes for a pair of strappy sandals. Bam. You’re good to go.