Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well.
Today's book is The Flower Arrangement by Ella Griffin. It's a story of interwoven characters, centred around Lara, the owner of Blossom & Grow, a flower shop in Dublin. Lara has a heartache; she lost a much wanted baby. And flowers provide some solace to her.
Then there is a large cast of minor characters -- her brother, various customers and so on, all with their own stories. There is heartache, loss, relationship drama, soul searching, and among it all, beautiful flowers.
If you like melancholy Irish women's fiction and are looking for a bittersweet read, pick this one up. Readers have mentioned that the ending is a little abrupt so be prepared. But if you want to read about love, loss and all the flowers that accompany such moments, pick this one up.
And now for the cover dress -- this sedate dress immediately made me think of the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes (now newly rereleased!). The fitted bodice and full skirt are both details that can be found in the Emery Dress. If you have the older version, you'll also find the cute little collar to add on to really capture this cover look. You can even make the belt to go with it. I'm sure if the cover girl turned around we'd see a little bow on that belt.
|photo Christine Haynes|
You might be able to find a midnight blue or black fabric perfect for this dress anywhere -- it's a basic. Try this midnight blue silk wool from Mood if you can afford it, it's rather luxurious!
|Silk Wool Blend from Mood|
Or for a bluer effect, this Lyocell Linen from Spool & Spindle looks gorgeously drapy and would create a nice full dress.
|Lyocell Linen Slub at Spool & Spindle|
Finish it off with a red shoe and vintage bag and you'll be ready to peruse the flower shop of your dreams.
|Jimmy Choo sandals from LoveThatBag|
|Clutch from Unique Vintage|