I was so excited to see an upcoming pink challenge in the queue over at the Sew Weekly, as I knew exactly which fabric I was going to use. I've had this fabric in my stash for as long as I can remember. I can't recall if I picked it up over 5 years ago when I thought I would take up sewing, or if I grabbed it from my mom's stash. It wasn't a print I was necessarily drawn to, but knew that I could cut it up without being worried about the outcome of the final garment. But now that I actually know what I'm doing, I wanted to see if I could make it into something that I would wear. Not only that, but I wanted to be excited about it.
Fabric: cotton from my stash $0
Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges $18
Notions: Buttons and bias tape! $6
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: This past weekend on a trip to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: $24
So, time to mix things up! I had to get out of my Colette/Simplicity comfort zone and try something new. I switched on over to Megan Nielsen mode. Please, bear with me as I become obsessed. This dress was so fun to make. There were just a few pattern pieces and they didn't have a lot of markings that I had to deal with. As I can be pretty lazy when it comes time to cut out my patterns and fabric, I loved this. The instructions were really clear and I loved the methods for installing bias tape into the neckline and the front packet for the buttons.
The only challenge that I had is the bust is a bit tight. This could have been avoided if I made a muslin, especially as I hadn't worked with her patterns before, but when I immediately made up her Banksia pattern, I had zero issues with the fit. So, note to self... I may need to bind the girls up, or just lose a few pounds, but I do know that when I make this dress again, I'll have to double check the bust fit.
I omitted the back ties when I made the dress as I didn't need to pull the waist in for shaping, and because I intend to mainly pair this with a belt. Of course, I forgot this when I put it on for the photo-shoot, but I still love the way the dress looks.
All are planted and maintained by volunteers. It was pretty amazing and a beautiful treasure trove in the middle of San Jose. It also made for the perfect backdrop for this pink challenge. Roses everywhere in every color imaginable! And I braved the bees for you all!
This garment also falls nicely into my Spring/Summer palette and is proving perfect for California spring weather. I could wear it into the fall (and quite honestly, winter here) by just pairing it with some tights and boots.