Have you ever noticed how hard it is to buy hot pink fabric in adult prints? Particularly if you hate cotton jersey like I do. So after I gave away my only hot pink dress at a clothing swap this spring, I suddenly decided I NEED MORE PINK! Luckily Jamie offered to drive me to a Fabricland last weekend, and boom! I have two new pink dresses.
Hello stripes!!!! I bought just a metre of this stiff textured poly knit, thinking I would make a boxy top… but I got it home and realised I had just enough for a shift dress. Sometimes being short is handy!
The fabric has very little stretch, so I dug out the Cashmerette Montrose top which I’ve muslined but never made. It’s perfect for this fabric, because it definitely needs that bust dart to hang properly. I kinda fudged the back on the fly to eliminate a yoke and gathers. The armscye was a bit low (which is normal for a pattern designed to have sleeves) so I took the shoulder seam in 1″. I used scrap knit bindings at the neck and armscye, and voila! A bold strong dress that I adore!
Can we talk a minute about perfectionism? Friday Pattern Company said in an Instagram story recently that she thinks the quest for perfection stops us from just sewing, and that it’s particularly unhelpful for newer sewists who might think that everyone else is perfect every time and they are a failure if they aren’t too! This dress is not perfect and it still makes me REALLY happy. The stripes mostly match, the bindings sit a bit funny, and I could definitely take it in an inch. But none of that matters because this dress is all about the fabric and the way it makes me feel!
On to the next!
This dress is happiness incarnate. I don’t even like the print itself all that much (olive, lilac and hot pink?) but it was the only pink knit in stock at Fabricland. The whole thing as a package is great though, and I was so happy the whole day I wore this!
The dress itself is based on the Groove dress pattern, which I freehand cut to have some grown-on cap sleeves. I had just two metres of this fabric and was determined to have a ruffle hem, so I cut the dress part out of 1m and made the largest circle (aka. a donut shape) out of the remaining metre! If you are a smaller size than me this may not seem impressive, but trust me, I had barely any scraps at the end of both dresses!
(Shall I be more specific? To make the ruffle I measured the bottom hem of the dress, and googled a formula to figure out the radius of the circle I needed. I folded the fabric in quarters and used a ruler to mark a circle with a radius of 11″ as needed. I had made the dress 9″ shorter, so I made my ruffle 9″ deep. After I cut I realised that I’d rounded up the radius and forgotten seam allowance, so my ruffle was a bit long. I sewed it on without pinning and trimmed off the extra. The sleeves I free-hand cut as you can see below!)
The neckline and arms I finished with bands… and because I was low on fabric, I ended up cutting the neckband in particular a bit too short! That’s what gives the slight gathered effect… which someone admired when I posted this dress in my MMMay round-up, so who am I to argue? 😉
I go through phases loving tent dresses and preferring some wait definition, and right now I’m Team Belt. I made this twisted belt by cutting a 6″x60″ long stripe across the width of the fabric and seaming it along the long edge. Then I tried it on, twisting the edges once at centre front and folding them back on themselves. Finally, I stitched the ends down. (This is why I don’t write tutorials! So many words, so little clarity. Basically, if you hook your two forefingers together, that’s what the belt looks like.) I tend to get annoyed by bow belts and hanging ties, so I like how clean this is.
Here’s what I love about sewing: I bought three metres of fabric and just a few days later I had two unique dresses that I love to wear!
Now, can I ask a question? There’s been discussion on disclosure online, and it’s making me wonder just what you’d like to know from me. Does it influence your feelings about this post if I tell you that I received the Montrose for free from Cashmerette last year?
I didn’t test it, but Jenny often offers her patterns on release to her testing pool. I *always* tell you when I pattern test, and often the second time I make a tester pattern too, but once I’ve had a pattern a year I just forget where it came from! If you read my blog often them you know I’ve got half a wardrobe of Cashmerette AND you won’t be surprised that I chose not to test the woven blouse pattern. In this case, because it’s the first time I sewn it, I do think it’s important to tell you that I got the pattern for free, which is why I’m mentioning it!
I’ve always figured that if you follow me then you trust me, and if you don’t trust me then don’t be influenced me… but I’d also like to be as open as you’d like me to be, within the limits of my own time and energy! For example, I’m not going to tag every item in MMMay which is sewn with a pattern/fabric that is payment in kind for testing or creating content for someone else’s blog. I do try to mention it clearly the first time something like that appears here though. Nothing here is sponsored, and I make zero money on anything I do online. I’m confident I’m well within the laws for disclosure here in Canada, so what I’m really asking for is your opinion as part of my community!
Thoughts on pink, ruffles, or stripes? Thoughts on transparency? I can’t wait to hear what you think!