While sifting through the remnants bin at Fabric Warehouse I came across this bolt of fabric just before I reached the counter. On a whim I got 2.5 metres and then when I went to the SPCA op shop I found the perfect pattern to go with it – Butterick see & sew 3502.
The fabric is a cream canvas with a bird and trees print. It is hard to describe so I think a picture does it justice better.
I cut it out with a bunch of other projects a few weeks ago and when Kat had a free ticket to a Wellington Fashion Weekend Show I knew a new dress was in order. I sat down to sew at 10am last Saturday and at noon when I had to leave to taken my son to a birthday party I had a finished dress.
It could do with some tweaking at the top of the bust, but since I didn’t try it on till I had to leave I will either live with it or make the changes at some unknown future date. I took 8cm off the length of the skirt based on the finished length on the back of the pattern aselow the knee does not really suit me.
I love the shape of this dress, it has a high front bodice and a fun cross over black. The skirt is just two rectangles pleated which create a nice bell shape. As I was sewing the hem I realised I had forgotten pockets – they are not part of the pattern but this dress could easily accomodate them.
I also trotted this out to work a few days later and because it is made up in a heavy canvas and I have the perfect cardi that matches I think I will be able to wear it a bit more as the weather turns cooler.
I loved the Millicent show, her colours and styling were great especially dresses and pastel coloured skirts.
The robyn mathieson show also had some bold colours and nice dresses. I loved a red coat but it is a bit beyond my price range. I tried taking some photos but my camera was a bit slow and I kept getting distracted by the next pretty thing coming out.
Finally my best outake photo to date…