If you are a regular reader here then you know I like to join in on all the sewing fun over at Sew Weekly. I really look forward to reading what the next challenge is and Mena usually announces this on a Monday. Because I work a full time job I find it hard to get to the fabric shop until late Thursday that’s if I don’t have the appropriate fabric and notions in my stash so that leaves me to: sew on Friday night, take photos on Saturday and sit down with a red wine and put together the post all of which I enjoy immensely as you probably have gathered by now. Have a peek at the SW archive, rather inspiring don’t you think? So the challenge is to find inspiration from a garment one of the clever gals have made and give it a whirl yourself. As soon as I read this I knew just what I was going to sew and I had thrifted fabric in my stash so there were no trips to Spotlight needed which meant I could get to work on my dress earlier in the week and leave the weekend free for birthday celebrations of the teenage kind.
I am channelling Veronica Darlings Bye Bye Summertime Dress from the Colette Pattern range The Roobis. Isn’t Veronica Darlings dress adorable? I think it is. The fabric is divine and the cut and photos are just perfect. Veronica Darling is the queen of thrift and sews the majority of her creations from second hand fabrics, bed sheets, curtains, table cloths you name it she’s sewn it. Nifty hey? So I took to my—slowly growing opp shop stash, $3.99 Piqué, approx 2metres (I think it’s a tablecloth) and broadcloth for the lining. You know what? I don’t have this Colette pattern, I recently bought the Parfait and I’m eagerly awaiting her arrival. So I studied the line drawing up there and took to taking my measurements and then proceeded to cut out pieces to best match the pattern above, yes of course I thought I was going to stuff it.
*EDIT: the wonderful Trish has told me the fabric is seersucker. I seer suck at recognising fabric arrr thanks Trish.
Once I did a quick fitting I was relieved to see I was doing okay. Phew! The difference between this dress and the pattern, visually, are the two seams at the back of the skirt which I omitted, the zip in the back as opposed to the side, the back scoop is higher as is the front neckline scoop— (I’m not fond of low rounded scooped necklines, I have broad shoulders and the lower the scoop the wider they appear, I look blah in singlet tops). The pocket shape is different and the little detail on the neckline isn’t there. I also had to place darts either side of the zipper at the neckline to stop the dress from gaping but unfortunately took to adding them after the lining was put in so you can see them facing the wrong way from the lining when the dress is on the hanger. I’m totally okay with that though.
I think she turned out pretty okay, I’m rather happy with it. I particularly like the pockets.
Because I saved $$ on fabric this week why not jazz up this dress with some handmade accessories, I dug out the paint and started painting these fab $2 wooden bangles and papier-mâché balls to match the colour palette of the dress. Once the varnish was applied it took the colours of the paint to a whole new level. I’m really impressed with how they turned out. My outfit was complete. You can never have too many bangles darlings NEVER!
We spent the day at Luna Park so I took to some of the wonderful coloured back drops like you do. Perfect back drop for this dress, I even had some lovely comments. Yay!
You know what? I decided these teenage girls didn’t need this Autumn-Covered-Women following them around so I laid down some motherly rules and took to burying my head deep within the pages of this book while the girls had fun. Will you look at the shine on those bangles??!!. très chic Love them!