Thank you to all of you that left constructive feedback on my last post. I am going to try to alter the neckline on the striped version and will try styling them differently. I’ll update more on that once I have had a chance to experiment.
Now returning to one of my favourite patterns, the Belledone in a sweet floral.
The fabric is a Denyse Schmidt print called “Flea Market Fancy” that I bought last year from fabric.com,now only available in grey (I do have the grey in my stash for a winter dress). However for those in Australia, this print in other colours has just come into the Spotlight stores in a Cotton Linen. No acknowledgement to the designer on that one though.
When the Belladone pattern came out, I knew this fabric would be perfect and I really wanted to pick out the red with the piping detail of the pattern. This time instead of using bias binding, I made flat piping and used this for all the trimming.
I had previously used the Colette method of making bias strips, however I find that this results in lots of seam lines which I find annoying especially if you are using it as bias. This time I used my method which I find eliminates this issue. I had bought half a metre of the trim fabric. Then using my metal ruler as a guide, cut strips on the bias. My ruler is the perfect width so I can use one side to line up against and the other as the cutting guide. These strips are usually long enough to use individually, but of course can be joined if necessary.
Aside from that, my construction of the dress was as per the pattern with no changes from previously.
This is my third version of this pattern, my others are here and here. Clearly I am a fan of this pattern, but just how many are too many? How long before non-sewers notice that I have several versions of the same dress? (The pattern is quite distinctive) Who cares?? I like it and why mess with a good thing? 🙂
Do you have a pattern that you are in love with and make over and over, or do you like to try new things? Me, sometimes I like the variety of trying a new pattern, other times it is nice to return to a favourite for a good reliable make.
New total = 162.3m