At the end of last summer, I was dying in the heat and fell in love with Madewell's Softshade Dress.
This is really a fall dress, but it inspired my lightweight summer dress. Weary about heavy pleats on my rectangular frame, I made a half-circle skirt. This was adapted using the knit bodice and skirt blocks in Sew U Homestretch. Neckline and arms finished in that snazzy facing-bodice-turn-way I learned in sewing the Colette Rooibos.
Simple, simple. Sometimes I think the silhouette feels too formal, especially when paired with a cute little cardigan (I'm having vintage fatigue), but in warm weather it's surprisingly versatile. It can be accessorized more formally (short cardigan with a scarf, of course!), or throw a long cardigan on, and it's a perfect lazy Sunday.