I couldn’t really put it aside (well, at least not just for now).
Although it’s still very hot around here (I don’t think she will be wearing this dress soon …), I’m hoping that my planning (and sewing) ahead will be worth it – especially when it gets cooler and I realize that everything from last year no longer fits her.
Although it may not be obvious to some (or most) of you, I do sew with a plan 🙂
Every new season, I make a list of the pieces that I need to sew (or buy) to my children.
Usually, my girl gets the most of my sewing – for the boys I often just sew pajamas, shorts/pants and coats – because sewing for girls is more fun, easier and must faster (and this is so true, now that my boys are older and sewing for them means more time, finding the right fabrics and hoping that they mind wearing handmade in from of their friends).
Of course, as with everything in life, the “list” gets a lot of editing – because I just couldn’t resist a new pattern or because I just found a must-have fabric/print or because there’s an unexpected event that requires a special outfit … You get the idea 🙂
Nevertheless, a pretty dress will always find a place on my list.
This version was made using a floral Viyella fabric, which is one of my favorite fabrics to work with. Especially, if you’re sewing for children: it washes well (no fading of the colors), it’s soft (no itching) and it has the right weight – not too heavy and yet it’s still warm enough for when it gets cold.
As most apparel fabrics, Viyella is not easy to find locally, but I just discovered a great store and I’m stashing on it for the fall/winter season.
My friend María has a post about Viyella, which may be useful if you like to know more about it. Unfortunately, I didn’t purchased this Viyella at 3 euros/meter … Usually I find Viyella in local shops, but this one was purchased online, here.
. To add a bit of interest (as if the busy floral print wasn’t enough) I used a cotton eyelet trim.
Again, this pattern didn’t disappoint: it was such a pleasure to sew and I love how different it looks with the cotton trim/floral print combination.
I still kept the topstitching at the front, back and pockets – nevertheless, for the front, I started and ended topstiching at the lace trim.
Of course, It may be difficult to see, as, once again, I didn’t use a contrasting thread for the topstitching 🙂
As much as I love this dress in the model form, I really wanted to see it in action.
Needless to say, my girl didn’t share my view – she was much more interested in finding an anthill. Although some “sweet bribery” was requested it didn’t help that much. I’m guessing anthills are much more fun (proof of bribery included in the pictures bellow …)!
And just in case you’re wondering, these were really our best shoots …
I made the dress shorter for the time being and will be adding more length as needed (the original pattern skirt is a bit longer).
I do love how this dress fits my girl – simple and yet so timeless. Can you really blame me for wanting to make her yet another one?
I’m truly pleased to see that this pattern looks as wonderful in a light fabric (Liberty used for the previous tunic version) as in a medium-weight fabric like this Viyella.
The fit is just perfect and it’s so comfy to wear. I reckon this will be worn a lot this winter (with wool tights and a cardigan).
Now, onto the next piece on my list … (it will be either a dress or a tunic, but I guess you knew that by now).
PS. On a random note, and just because I get asked about this a lot, Papillon et Mandarine has just released 2 of their patterns in English (the Léon shorts and the Slava dress).
Thanks for reading,
xx Ana Sofia