I am SO excited about this dress.....it is the latest design I am working on and it has morphed from my original idea into something I love even more. I am calling it the "Sunday best" dress. I will be adding it to my sewpony vintage shop (which will switch from etsy to my blog shortly)!!
I first drew up this design a couple of months ago but it looked a little different. You may have seen the original version here. I was planning on offering to lengths of bodice and a gathered skirt with or without collar and with/without two lengths of sleeves. However, I really wanted to use this beautiful fabric - wooden houses (not currently available in the pink colourway but the green version is just as gorgeous) that I purchased recently from fellow Aussie, Frances from Miss Matatabi (I am her latest fan...), but I only had one metre. I decided to eliminate the gathered skirt option and instead drafted a simple A-line skirt.
The dress needed something else to tie in the chartreuse colour of the collar (which was intended to pick up the hint of chartreuse in the houses fabric - the little trees). So I added little curved pockets to the skirt with a piped edge. And also three covered buttons for a bit of pop! The collar fabric is from my local fabric shop and seems to be like a shot silk of some variety... please don't look too closely at my hand stitching along the diagonal bodice line - I was doing it late last night under dim light and should have chosen a different colour thread!!
Our garden is looking beautiful at the moment, and we have one tree in full blossom as you can see! We are not sure what fruit it will produce yet, but it is a stunning backdrop I think!
The bodice is lined and closes with an invisible zip.... no hand sewing the lining into the zip on the inside...I figured out how to sew it in with the machine really simply.
You can see the back detail here - the half collar is sewn into the shoulder seam.
I have been bursting with ideas lately with two other dress designs swimming around in my head. This is thanks a lot to the incredibly skilled and talented blogger, Lauren Dahl. Her pattern workshop course is sooooo helpful and although I am only a little of the way through it so far, it has really taken a lot of the headache out of pattern drafting and compiling a PDF pattern. I know as I learn more through creating this pattern, the ones that follow will become even easier! Thank you Lauren!
I am hoping this pattern will be ready for testing in around 3 weeks. It will offer collar or no collar and instead a piped neckline, A-line skirt with piped pockets, buttons for front detail, sleeveless, elbow length sleeves (see here) and three quarter length sleeves. It will be sized 12 months - 10 years.
So what do you think? Will you be making a Sunday best dress this September??