I found out a strange fact recently: My sister doesn’t wear floral prints! How did I never notice that? And then there’s me… looking through my flickr stream, at least half my projects are floral!
And the other half? Well, currently they are all stripes. Of my last 5 projects (2 scarves, 2 shirts, and this dress) 4 had stripes and 3 had flowers. Somebody make the madness stop! Pass me a polka dot!
But how could I say no to this? The fabric is a beautiful spongy double knit from the remnant table at a Fabricland. It’s fabric so nice, I bought it twice! I found a remnant at a second store in the chain, and scooped it up. I still have enough for a tank top or tee.
The pattern, of course, is my trusty Comino Cap. I’ve been pinning lots of striped shift dresses, but I decided this pattern would give more shaping. I really like how the waist is slightly defined (thanks to elastic inside) but bodice and skirt just skim. I turned and stitch the sleeves this time instead of using a band to finish, which I hope will sit nicely under cardigans.
Let’s be real though – the best part of this is the flowers! After I’d finished the whole dress, I had a sudden urge to spice it up. I had a surprising number of florals in my stash to choose from, but the winner was scraps of this jersey I’d been hoarding for 2 years. Finally, saving everything comes in handy. As you can see, I ironed it onto some knit interfacing, and spray basted it in place…
… and zig-zagged it to the dress. (Basically, exactly like I did on the lace applique top I just posted.) Easy peasy. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish to add the flower. It reminded me that before I sewed clothes I used to love appliqueing onto RTW – I think I did a bag, a jacket, and a few hoodies before I got up the courage to actually sew something from scratch! <— Psst, look at my baby face in that old post!
As you can tell, I’m crazy about this dress! It feels bright and fun enough for spring, but still totally wearable while there is snow on the ground. (It was -7c/19f with windchill when I took these pics – BRRRRRRRR! But it’s so much warmer than -25c, so screw it, outdoor photos from now on!) I’m feeling more adventurous about taking pics in public, and hoping to push myself to find some good photo locations around town. Until then, enjoy the parking lot of my building!
(This is me freezing my arms off and wondering if my neighbours are about to catch me posing!)
I’m feeling like I’m on a roll with making slightly better-than-boring-basics lately – which makes me wonder what else I can do to shake things up! How do you turn a boring everyday make into something special? Fit? Fabric? Details? Magic fairy dust?