Fanbloomintastic Dress

Do you ever go a store and just fall in love with a fabric and just have to have it?  Of course you do, all us sewers do, amirite?  It’s part of the process, seeing a fabric, loving it and making the garment of our imaginations.

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I came across this fabric in my local Spotlight recently and just had to have it.  I loved the faded red colour, the floral print and the pattern placement. It is a light polished cotton and feels divine to wear.  I know the patter looks a little curtain like, but I don’t care!

Again I used good old Simplicity 2444 for the bodice, now that I have the fit perfected for me, this is a nice quick make for me now. I lowered the neckline as I feel this is more flattering for my lady lumps 🙂

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I never seem to bother with the skirt from the pattern so instead this is just a dirndl (gathered rectangle) using twice the full width of the fabric (once for the front, once for the back), gathered and of course with pockets!

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One of my favourite things about this pattern is that it doesn’t have lots of fancy detailing so the fabric can take be the focus.

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This is closer to the real colour

Again, I left off the neck and armhole facings, I really don’t like facings, and a bias finish is so much easier if you don’t mind seeing a stitching line. This time I used a self-made bias, attaching it so it is visible, basically enclosing the raw edges. I first sewed his to the right side, and then stitched in the ditch to catch in the back.

It’s a great dress for meetups too!  I wore it for a recent afternoon tea with fellow bloggers, Steph (also of Cake Patterns), Rachel and Reana.

Picture courtesy of mymessings.com

So now, I am off to play with my new toy!

New Toy!

Yep, I bought a cover stitch machine!!  I have coveted one of these for ages and now I finally have one, oh the fun things I can make now.  I sense a new obsession with stretch fabric in my near future!!

17 thoughts on “Fanbloomintastic Dress

  1. I looked at this same fabric, picked it up and then spoke severely to myself and said "NO". As you know I could clothe Australia so I left this lovely fabric and I am delighted to see that you have sewn up such a gorgeous dress instead. You look lovely in it Liz.

  2. Don'tcha love it when a fabric you fall in love with turns into a perfect garment? Happy marriage!! I, too, hate facings, so bias binding is my friend too…except when i have to make it out of floppy silk LOL. Yours looks great! And congrats on the new machine!! 🙂

  3. Beautiful fabric and a lovely dress made out of it! Your meet-up looks like it was fun. And I am in the market for a new sewing machine and am looking at Janomes! Not a cover-stitch machine though, that will be much later on down the line.

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