I made a dress! I am just a little excited about it. I have been drooling over all the gorgeous creations popping up mostly on European blogs made from this book by Emma en Mona. I felt sad that I couldn't buy it anywhere in the USA, until I realized that my sister who lives in Switzerland can get it for me. (Duh!) She brought it last Christmas all wrapped up in pretty paper and made we wait till Christmas day to unwrap it. How cruel! :)
Each pattern is modified several ways to achieve completely different looks. This is the basic bodice with a semi circular pleated skirt. One of the variations included an awesome pleated detail in front.
The instructions are in Dutch, but the dress is simple enough that I knew I could do it without reading directions. Except, there was a picture of the dress with an arrow pointing to the bodice, the word "tip" and a long sentence in Dutch. Of course, I had to know what it was! I typed up the whole thing into Google translate and clicked enter. The translation was a mishmash of words. All I could make out was that if I wish I can choke between layers! Gasp! I am generally a peaceful person (not so much when I am around my serger) and certainly try to avoid chocking anybody when I sew. I "ran" to my bloggy friend An from Straight Grain for an explanation. She kindly informed me that I skipped a word or two while typing. Oops. Turns out the suggestion was to add piping where the bodice is cut. Phew! I also learned that the same word is used for "sew" and "choke" in Dutch.
The fabric came from my local fabric wearhouse. Love the place! They have a shelf with $2.99 per yard fabric. Usually it's nothing I am interested in, but the tribal looking print caught my attention. I was surprised by the high quality of the fabric. It's 100% cotton, yet it drapes and flows beautifully, almost like silk. It's also very pleasant to touch. I want some for myself, though not sure what I would make. :)
The back of the dress has an invisible zipper. I accidentally cut the back of the skirt on fold, so I couldn't extend the zipper into the skirt. It's a bit tight to put it on, but overall not too bad. :)
Ania is happy with her new dress, and wore it a few times now. I was also informed that it was ok to make more dresses and not just pants and shorts. Yeah! Better do it before she changes her mind.
The whole photoshoot she was collecting "pretty yellow flowers" to bring home. It's all about perspective. LOL