I can’t figure out which I like more about this dress, the vivid color or the innocent collar. Since I don’t have any kelly green fabric to play with (yet), I thought I would experiment with the sweet petal collar.
Beth from SewMamaSew posted a great article on finding similar patterns and taking a good look at the technical drawing. (image credit to Beth)
I had this pattern as it was the first dress I made when I was getting back into sewing. Here’s what the original dress looks like finished:
Besides extending and adding a curve to the ends of the collar, I also added pockets!
The fabric is part of a fabric haul from that was a present from my mom. (I think. I’ve had it awhile.)
Pockets! How much do I heart pockets? All of the hearts.
And now that fall is coming up, I can play with colored stockings a la Sarah Vickers.
Here’s the latest dress I made. The fabric is blue linen from Walmart that my mom bought for me as part of a Christmas haul from Walmart. Thanks Mami!
I’ve been doing more and more self drafting patterns and while they’re getting easier to do, it’s still very much a challenge. Trying to connect darts and fitting a bodice to my weird sized body is difficult enough when I’m using patterns. Now I’m winging it and learning even more along the way.
Take-away: Pleats are difficult and probably just not a good idea in general with linen. Expect to iron A LOT, and then still have it not look as crisp after all. I also learned I’m not that big of a fan of linen. It was hard trying to make a form fitting dress with it and a quick search on Pinterest proves it isn’t the typical aesthetic for that kind of fabric. I am looking forward to maybe making a summer jacket out of it one day, but it’ll have to wait until next year.