I fell for this Robert Kaufman Fox print fabric back in February when Freya and I were visiting Stitches Trade show. As soon as it was delivered to the shop I snaffled away 2m not sure of what I would use it for but knowing I had to have it!
The fabric is a quilting weight cotton with a pretty bold pattern which calls for a simple shape. I did toy with using this for a skirt but I’d have the age old dilemma of what tops to wear with it. So when I saw the free pattern with last month’s Sew magazine I thought it would be a great match.
The dress is a simple, classic shape. I’m always drawn to fit and flair shapes as I have a classic pear shape figure and I find this style most flattering on me. I do however, have a habit of making my dresses a little on the snug side as I like to have a more defined waist for special occasions. This time I wanted to make a dress in a fun print which I could wear during the day, which I could actually move around in!
… and here it is! I went for view C with little capped sleeves, I added some fullness into the skirt – about 20cm to the centre front and back- as I felt it deserved a bit more fabric in the gathers. I cut out a size 12 and I didn’t make any other changes to the fit- amazing!
I gathered in the sleeves as I prefer a slightly gathered sleeve head and often find that there is a bit of excess fabric at the sleeve head on new look patterns making it very difficult to set a flat inserted sleeve. Gathered sleeves are easier and cuter I think!
Another thing I always mean to do with dresses I make is add pockets, I love a good pocket in a day dress! I used the pockets pattern from the Colette Moneta dress as they are the perfect size and shape. I simply inserted them into the side seams before sewing them up. Pure pocket joy!
I also added a little belt, which I learnt to make from Tilly’s book Love at first stitch. I think this is the perfect finishing touch and breaks up the busy print. I used Dashwood twist in mint which matches perfectly.
The one thing I’m not so sure about is the neckline. For me it’s a little bit meh! Neither low enough to be sexy or or high enough to be sophisticated. I think I would lower the neckline a bit the next time I make this pattern up, which I will. I love the little cap sleeves and the fit is really super comfortable. I am really very happy with this make.
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Now what fabric shall I make it in next? Maybe I should consult my stash which I’ve just finished re-organising! You can read more about my next sewing plans post-sort-out over on my blog.