I made this dress at the start of the year for my trip to South Africa. The fabric is a delicious green cotton with teensy white flowers, and would have been perfect for those hot sunny days. But I tried to hurry the project and when it finished I just hated the end result. It was so green, so.... dowdy looking. I carted it around in my suitcase for 5 weeks and didn't wear it once. I unpicked part of it, got discouraged and stopped, and left it to hang miserably in my cupboard for a long time.
I think part of the problem was that I tried to make a gathered skirt with not enough fabric. It just looked sad. So to fix this I have left the back gathered, and made a few small pleats over my hips in the front. I know it's hardly a drastic change but the fabric store had none left across the country and I had to make do with what I had.
|Back View - heavily cropped as I was moving a deck chair, and it was the only decent shot of the back!|
Possibly the thing I liked most about it was my in-seam pockets. I was going through a phase of adding pockets everywhere. Most of the makes from these days were too shoddy and I was too time-poor to add to the blog, so you'll have to take my word on this. These pockets are the reason I had not enough fabric for the gathered skirt. I learned my lesson from this dress as well. This lesson is: stop trying to squeeze dresses out of not-quite-enough fabric. And I've listened to this lesson ever since.
|POCKETS! They is awesome!|
|Slight chink at the neckline, but hardly indecent!|
But something was missing. Then last weekend I considered adding some green flower-shaped buttons, but Jono vetoed this action. It would (and I agree) have been "too much green". So I pulled out my button stash and together we poured over my collection trying to choose. He's very supportive like that. We ummed and ahhhed and eventually I pulled out my preciouses - white porcelain buttons on their original card; 3 large, 7 small, painted with blue roses. I only added the 3 large buttons and immediately saw that it was the right choice.
I put the dress on straight away and ran around the house squealing. Result!
Fabric: Green printed cotton. Price forgotten. I probably bought 1.5 metres.
Notions: Green thread, green zipper, 3 vintage buttons.
Pattern: Lutterloh - I can't find the number though.
Wear again? Oh yes!
Make again? If only I could find the pattern...
What I learned: French seaming, lapped zipper, sewing a facing successfully, not giving up on a UFO.
And finally, anyone else ever find themselves in this situation?
Jono: What are you doing? That pose is weird...
Juliet: I'm showing off my in-seam pockets... NOW HURRY UP AND TAKE SOME MORE DARNED PHOTOS!!
|Seriously, why else would I be doing this??|