Betcha can’t make just one! I liked my first Sewing Life Cocoon dress, so I quick made another one. I found this scuba print at a local Fabricland, and it has a perfect amount of body for this shape.
And what is the shape? It is basically just a classic dolman. It’s free with the first issue of Sewing Life magazine, so if you are interested in this shape, it’s a good one to try! I thought about adding sleeves to this version, but then I forgot… and I think I’m happy without them. It is a lot of print and colour!
Here’s what it looks like from all angles – check out that accidental pattern matching on the side seams! I planned the pattern placement to make sure I didn’t have giant light flowers across my butt, and made sure that the neckband roughly aligned with the colours where it would attach. I didn’t want the neckband to stand out and make it look sporty!
It’s the print fabulous? I love big painterly prints like this, and I also really like the combination of black, indigo, ballet pink, orange and tomato red. It’s the kind of print that makes a basic dress stand out!
That said, the scuba was a bear to sew! Look at how the coverstitched hem has big gaps in the stitching, for no apparent reason. My machine did just fine before and after on other fabrics, so I think it’s something about the scuba. Should I have used a sharper needle? Used interfacing? I’m sure I’ll have to re-hem it at some point, so I’d love some tips!
One of the things I look for in other people’s blog pictures is how the garment looks when they just stand still, as well as when they move. If a garment only looks good with a hand on the hip, or in a cute pose, then it’s not really going to work in real life, right? With that in mind, here I am above just standing still, and below, walking away. I like it from all angles!
As it happens, this version ends up eerily similar in colour palette to how I styled my first version:
The restrained polkadot works well with a statement scarf, and the bold pattern version is definitely going to get paired with some more subdued accessories!
You might have spotted this dress in my Dressing Out Loud post – it definitely fits into my new vision of a bold, more-out-there wardrobe! If only it was easier to find really bold fabrics in large scale prints. Let me know if you have a great source!