When I first saw this fabric, I knew I just had to have some. Okay - yes - I did say the same thing about almost all of the fabric in my stash. But I really, really love this one.
It reminds me of this great print that I bought from Swallowfield on Etsy a few years ago. (Turns out that two of our kids were in the same class for a while - small world.)
I feel like both the print and the fabric could totally be my neighborhood. The print definitely could be, since she did live in my neighborhood - the fabric - probably not.
Then when I first saw this dress by 190.arch that I think we all saw and loved during KCWC, I was inspired to create my own version.
So here's my combination of the super-cool fabric with the super-cool dress. What do you think?
I can be a little fickle about the things I make - loving them one minute, being really annoyed by them the next, but for now, I think this is my favorite thing I've made since these pants. Interesting that they're both probably the simplest patterns I've made, too.
I used pattern Y from this book.
It was a super-simple pattern. Other than the binding, it originally only had two pieces. Of course, I had to cut the one front piece into three to get the pieced strip in there. The hardest part was making that little fabric loop that makes the buttonhole in the back.
Mine is a lot thicker than I would have liked, but I just don't see how you can turn anything narrower. Any advice? The linen kicked my butt. Every time I got it halfway turned, the linen unwove enough for my turner to slip right off the edge. I finally figured out to sew a line of stitching at one end.
I lined the pieced section with some of the polka dotted fabric. I didn't want all the edges of those little pieces to show. I was lazy and ended up using my basting spray to glue the two together while I was sewing up the front. It seemed to work out okay. I used French seams to attach the three front pieces. I didn't want Addie to complain about any itchy seams.
For our "photo shoot" we went on a little walk through the neighborhood. I love how in the shot above, Addie's feet aren't even touching the ground.
We saw this cute VW prettily sitting amongst someone's nice landscaping,
sat on someone else's new stone wall,
stopped to smell the flowers, (The Rhododendron's were Addie's favorites.)
And tried to "plant" a few more dandelions.
I ended up loving this fabric combination so much that as soon as we got back, I started on a quilt using the same prints.
I still have some more rearranging to do, but I finished cutting out the pieces last night.
Thanks for reading.