OTTOBRE 3/2005, pattern #21, corduroy, cotton, covered buttons. Material all from stash, pattern from my vast collection of OTTOBRE magazines.
I made it longer but didn't sew the underskirt, from experience I know there's always a lot of fumbling to adjust the underskirt because it simply never sits properly under the dress. At least this was the case with that dress.
The sleeves were shortened a bit, and there is no ruffle at the hem. Wouldn't be even if I have had enough fabric.
The thing with my fabric stash is, that most fabric I have was bought around four years ago. I did sew a lot of clothes for Dagny back then but got sidetracked by patchwork, crocheting and knitting. The fabric I had bought for clothes was not used.
And while I see no problem in making dresses from fabrics that aren't exactly like what I would choose today, it is increasingly difficult to make one whole piece from just 1 or 1.5 meter of material - which of course never was a problem back then. The girl grew...
So when I cut out the pieces for the dress, I went from biggest to smallest parts, ending up with not enough fabric for the collar. The collar! How much fabric do you need for that little part?!
The skirt already had to be assembled from way more pieces than the pattern called for, but there was no way to cut the under collar and the other little piece that's part of the collar (Kragensteg in German, can anybody help me to translate that into English, please? Maedels, weiss jemand von Euch, was Kragensteg auf Englisch heisst? Danke fuer Eure Hilfe!) from the corduroy... so I searched for a matching fabric and found this fairly bright chequered one... happy incidence, I think, it's working quite well with the tones of the corduroy. So I covered the buttons with that fabric, too and it seems we now have a pretty new dress with a splash of adorable odd.
The fact that Dagny wanted to wear it as a night gown the day I finished it tells me this dress turned out as a success :)
Great you all enjoyed the spring posting.
I'd be happy to swap places with everybody of you who is living in an area that's covered in a thick white duvet edged with frosty lace, as Nicole said so beautifully in her comment. Just for a day... We hardly get any snow here, still hoping for some flakes though.
By the way, hello to everybody who found to my blog via Mason-Dixon Knitting, have fun with the photos from the quilt show!