It might be the last day of Fall KCW 2013, but I still have a few pieces to show here.
I changed my initial (blogging) plans and instead of showing the pieces by the order they were completed, I will show you today the last one.
Well, because we had a weeding yesterday and every single spare minute of the Fall KCW 2013 week was used to sew a flower dress (and a last minute cape).
You see, that was the main reason why most of my Fall KCW 2013 sewing was completed one-week in advance – with my current work agenda, I couldn’t afford to sew anything else but the flower girl dress for the Fall KCW and, to be honest, I wanted to sew pieces that aren’t going to be worn only once 😦
As I didn’t have much time left, I was a bit afraid I couldn’t make everything on time (and indeed, I was attaching buttons a coupe of hours before the wedding), but I still had a few moments to get some pictures for showing here (thank you, R.!)
(PS. Apologies for the not-so-good pictures. We were truly rushing out the door and made it to the wedding just a few minutes before the start of the ceremony …)
There are quite a few good patterns I could have used for this dress (Oliver+S, Scientific Seamstress, The Cottage Mama, Children’s Corner and The Straight Grain all have great versions that I’ve tested before and that could be easily adapted for a similar dress), but I decided to go for a self-drafted version: It’s a simple bodice with hidden button closure in the back, a full skirt and a large sash. I used a beautiful satin fabric (n iivory) for the dress.
As, the bride didn’t have any special request for the flower girl dress, I was able to pick a favorite Liberty print for my stock (Liberty Capel in baby pink).
The bow is definitely my favorite part of the dress and if I had enough time I’m pretty sure I would have done matching ties for my boys (this time, they were quite happy for my lack of time. They weren’t very keen wearing baby pink ties).
Despite the weather forecast, the days before the weeding it rained so much that I began to questioned my judgement (after all, it was a sleeveless dress for an outdoor wedding) so I decided to made her a cape (just in case).
I had just the right fabric in my stash (from a stock off sale, last year) and I had a pretty good feeling about a much-postpone pattern – The red riding Hood Cape from Oliver+S Little Things to Sew book.
I can’t rave enough about this pattern – it took me less than 1-hour from start to finish and it was so easy to put together. Perfect for beginners.
I did make some minor alterations because I didn’t have enough fabric: I selected the larger size but reduced the length by 2 inches and used the smaller size for the hood. The cape is made from a soft cashmere/wool blend and lined with a pretty pink floral (not Liberty, as I couldn’t bear myself to use Liberty for the lining. Sorry!) and it closes with a small wood button from my collection.
(Fortunately) during the wedding the weather was sunny (!), so she only wore the cape when the daylight was gone. It was a major success and the perfect compliment for the dress.
If you have this book and still haven’t try this pattern, please do. I wish I had done it before. It’s so pretty and looks adorable on 🙂
Just for the record, this was how the dress looked like 5 minutes after the end of the ceremony (notice the big stain in the front bodice).
Trust me, you don’t want to see how it looked when the wedding ended (after midnight). I can assure you that there are enough stains to keep me busy for a while. (she did had another dress but, as expected, refused to take this one off).
Oh well, at least this girl likes to party (she was the last person on the dance floor and didn’t want to leave …).
See you tomorrow for another Fall KCW 2013 project?
xx, Ana Sofia