Before I start this post I just need say, that this is not my life... In some of my last few posts I realise I have a drink in my hand (sorry Mom), and I might be giving the impression that its normal for me to saunter around from event to event swigging free drinks and canapés.
Ha, if only!
The truth is that a recent and lucky last-minute substitute invite saved me from spending an evening organising my sock drawer, and when one of these comes up the real draw for me is that it's a great excuse to make a new frock! (although the canapés were very, very good...)
Except, if there is one thing more unnerving than wearing your own design in front of highly critical architects its turning up at an event full of renowned designers at the Royal Academy of Arts in a few pieces of fabric you stitched together at your kitchen table. Maybe you can sense my panic as the invitation sat staring at me from my mantle piece.
I also needed a quick turnaround and as luck would have it, I had recently bought 1 metre of this drapey poly chirimen geometric print from Textile Express Fabrics and was just able to eke a full dress from it using my waterlilies dress pattern.
I used the wrong side of the fabric so that it reads more blue/green instead of black-navy/green and lined the whole thing with a breezy lightweight bright blue lining from Truro Fabrics which arrived in the nick of time.
At £9.60 a metre the lining cost more than the £6.50 dress fabric, but was worth the investment because I don't think I could have preserved the feather light feeling otherwise.
It was a really fun to see how this wild geometric print changed the feel of the dress pattern entirely, and blending in with the surrounding geometric pavilion was clearly an added bonus.
With just 1 metre of fabric I didn't have enough wiggle room to line the prints perfectly. But maybe sometimes a little chaos in sewing and in art is not so bad.
Do you have a go-to pattern that you use different fabrics/prints with to achieve different looks?
Happy 4th to everyone celebrating and happy sewing! x
I love this design. It's minimalist yet structured. It's the perfect canvas for your fabric.ReplyDelete
Thank you Justine!Delete
Great dress! It looks really cool in this fabric. I'm sure you had the best fitting dress there!ReplyDelete
Thank you Noelle!Delete
I love the dress, but have found myself staring at shoes recently. I love your shoes! They look comfy, have a nice square heel and are strappy for summer. All I find is little tiny heels that I want to topple over in. Fabulous outfit. Congrats on getting a full dress out of just a yard.ReplyDelete
Ha! Thanks Cherie! They are "Deva" by good ol' Clarks (I so love practical shoes too....)Delete
Love this dress design and in the waterlily fabric too. Would be amazing if you could share/sell the pattern. Just the sort of shape I like to make and wear. SophieReplyDelete
Thank you Sophie! That's great to know. I'll see what I can do.Delete
This is beautiful. My mind is boggling over how you managed to squeeze this out of a metre! It's magic!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Helen! I couldn't believe it myself. The kimono sleeves did the trick!Delete
Beautiful, I love how the details of invitation ( green, triangles ) are repeated in the dress. I cant believe you made this with one metre of fabric!ReplyDelete
Thank you Nicole! I bought the fabric on a whim and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the invite :)Delete
What a great dress! The patterns (sewing pattern and pattern on the fabric) are such a perfect match. Just gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Kathy! It was meant to be!Delete
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and you found the best spot to photograph is too, nicely done! :)ReplyDelete
I also cannot believe you got it out of 1m. Perfect dress for the occasion ;o)ReplyDelete
another gorgeous dress! love your fabric choicesReplyDelete
I like the way that the triangles in your dress are echoed in the invitation as well as your photos! I'm a bit in love with that dress pattern, too. Did you draft it yourself?ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, I did!Delete
So pretty! I am very sure that you managed to impress the design guys with this wonderful dress :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am happy that no one seemed to spot any stray threads! ;)Delete
Goregeous! And what a great idea to use the wrong side of the fabric as the right! The design is just perfect for it. Tres chic!ReplyDelete
Really lovely! I especially love the picture of you at the bottom of the split staircase.ReplyDelete
1 metre? As in one metre? That's not a typo?! You're a witch! A really, really fabulous witch. Those colours are killer on you!ReplyDelete
This is so gorgeous! I love it! And what a fun place for a party!ReplyDelete
Now I really want to get started on a new dress, but I should really finish my coat first...
Always a problem! ;) Thank you!Delete
I adore your pattern, will it be available soon ? Congratulations for all !! (Clotilde / Paris, France)ReplyDelete
Oh thank you so much. I will try!Delete