Fancy pants chiffon dresses? pfft
Oscar de la Renta laminated tweed?
Give me a break!
I need an easy peasy cotton sack dress. The less shaping the better.
And anyway, who said blue and green should never be seen unless there’s a colour in between?
What’s wrong with about blueish green and greeny blue, with quilting cotton in between?
This gorgeous floral quilting fabric was bought in Denver, Colorado, on a work trip several years ago. I’ve wanted to use it for a while, but I didn’t want to look like a shower curtain.
Pattern: Vogue 8805
The fabulous and very stylish hack of this pattern by Carolyn of Diary A sewing Fanatic inspired me to try this pattern.
If you don’t know Carolyn’s blog, please go and have a look. She is truly inspirational and has the most wonderful eye for fabric and pattern combinations, and she does awesome designer inspirations/knockoffs that totally suit her figure and lifestyle. I want to be her when I grow up!
Okay, enough fangirl stuff.
Size: 8 to 24, I made a 16 with a C cup. This one fits, but a loose shape and style like this is not really a good test of Vogue’s sizing on me! I don’t use a lot of Vogue patterns. Last time I used a Vogue pattern for a woven that I made up a 14 and a B cup, and I had to squeeze extra width out of the side seams over my hips and the bust is a bit tight. For the record, I fit a 42 in Burda really well!
The fabrics are all from my stash and I’m not certain of the provenance and fiber content of all of them. The bodice greeny blue feels likes a soft cotton and has a self stripe. I’ve had it for a very long time. It might have a bit of polyester in it. The floral mid section is a cotton fabric from Fabric Bliss. The bottom blue section is linen. I bought it locally a long time ago, perhaps from Lincraft before it became insolvent and got bought out (anyone else as old as me and remember that? :-))
I like the way these fabrics are playing together.
I finished the neck with bias binding as instructed by Vogue, using a self made bias strip from my fabric remnant stash.
It’s a little secret touch that only I know about, because that bias loop is a very subtle part of the back neck.
Even the button is from deep stash: too old for me to be sure where it came from either.
I lengthened the bottom section of the dress a few cms, but otherwise it’s as Vogue designed it to be.
I think this dress will be worn a lot this summer. It’s in my favourite colours, it will be cool on hot days, and it can be easily accessorized by thongs (flip flops) and sunnies… I just need a suntan!