Hey bunnies, I hope you’re all having a good new year, and sticking to your resolutions… as usual, I’m trying to make a bit more effort to be creative and spend more time on my sewing, and as usual, that’s not really going to plan. So, not to worry, I’ve got some plans (in my head) for some cool projects this year, so wait and see!
Anyway, here’s a dress I made a little while back, around the beginning of November, but never got around to posting about it. You might spot that it’s a variation on a dress I’ve written about before on my blog, made in a fabric I’ve also used before. It’s a lovely medium weight printed cotton called Atomic, and I’ve chosen to pick out the black and white elements of the design with a plain black collar edged in thick white piping cord,
It’s lined on the inside with a similar weight white cotton with tiny printed white stars on it, I grabbed it from my local store but didn’t check the name of it, but I’d imagine it’s a Makower plain/blender.
The pattern features an alteration to make it button-front, and again I attempted to pattern match it. But something went a bit wrong with the sizing of the front piece, meaning the placement of the collar wasn’t quite right. As it’s the second time this has happened, I’m inclined to think it’s the pattern rather than me, but I could have just made the same mistake twice. On the first version (and with a much smaller pattern), I fudged it by moving the snaps slight to the right. Here though, when faced with the same problem I thought that an overlapping collar might look quite cute.
I also chose some buttons that were about the same size as the black circles on the design, but there were supposed to be 6 buttons and I accidentally but 8 on instead (I can never work out how to measure the intervals between the buttons, it drives me mad! Luckily, I always buy a couple of extra buttons (to compensate for the ones that Mini spirits away).
The dress is also a little bit longer than the previous version, and I’ve gathered less fabric around the waist, so the profile of the dress is a little bit slimmer than before. You can see that the bottom is edged in the same bias cord, so it gives a little bit of weight to it and again changes the shape of the skirt.
Here’s the result of the photoshoot, Mini was incredibly reluctant and spent most of the time hiding under the table, but hopefully you’ll get an idea of what it looks like.
It’s also a bit too cold to be posing in a capped-sleeve dress, so there she is in her coat and jumper.
Choosing a magazine…. I really hate this part because it goes like this:
“I can have this one I love this one it’s my favourite… Oh no I don’t want that one… This one I love this one… No don’t want this one…. Mummy I want this I love it so much” etc etc.
When we got home, she wasn’t feeling too much like modelling…
So she was hiding under the table…
and in her chair…
under the kitchen table…
and under another chair – but at least you can see in this picture that it’s the same fabric as the lampshade!
Oh well she did cheer up in the end,
I case you’re wondering, it’s a temporary tattoo on her face, in the shape of a glittery snowflake, for maximum Elsa points.
And then she passed out on the sofa.
Oh, and the Christmas tree is still up.
So what do you think of this dress? If you’ve used the pattern before I’d really love to know your thoughts, tell me it’s not just me that struggles with the collar/button overlap!