Influenced by the clever and lovely english ladies (Kerry, Charlotte and Katy) making pretty dresses, I have been daring some dressmaking, too. The patterns are several makes from the staple dress by April Rhodes and one date night dress by the same designer. Voile is from stash and by Amy Butler, Tina Givens and Anna Maria Horner, once intended for quilt backings. The last picture is a Liberty of London Tana Lawn, a special purchase for dressmaking.
So far I have made three versions of the staple dress:
- xxl with a tuck in the neckline (my little alteration) and pockets makes for a soft and roomy summer dress
- xxl with shirring in the waist and no pockets, has all french seams and hidden fabric edges
- xl with shirring in the waist and pockets for a more fitted size (not shown, as I am wearing it right now ; )
Have to say i LOVE the pattern, and will use it again. There are so far three cotton dresses made not shown, and a few lovely fabric purchases hopefully appering in my mailbox soon... Among them a bit of double gauze that I can't wait to try out.
The date night dress is made in xxl, and has a very open neckline that needs some clever ideas...
In the making is also a simple sundress by Heather Ross. (Free pattern, just google it). Maybe a bit carried away, you say? I promise you, my wardrobe needed some refreshing.
So happy summer to you all. I am hoping to get to wear my latest creations a lot!