This fabulous printed stretch fabric seduced me in New York City. I knew it would make a great knit dress.
And how much fun is that print?!
It has girders, cityscapes, buildings, bright flowers, sunset-water reflections, and flowering cherries.
But what bits should I put where?
I’d purchased 3 m, but with a close to 70 cm pattern repeat, I didn’t really have a lot of choice. The dark blue girder section had to go under my bust.
The question was more about whether the cherry trees should be on the side, or through the middle. If they went through the middle, the whole dress would be darker and the red and yellow flowers would be sort of lost and obscured by a darker building, but the trees would have featured. And I really like the trees.
But the trees didn’t win. Having the yellow and red flowers and then the lovely soft pink near my face swayed me…
You can still see the trees from the side
Pattern: Burdastyle 10/2014 #105
Size: 34-42, I made a 44. I traced off the 42 and then did a cheats draft out to a 44 by cutting the front out on the fold with the pattern piece 1 cm away from the fold and the same for the back, but angling from nothing at the neck down to 1 cm at the hem.
I should have drafted a centre back seam and made a sway back adjustment. But I couldn’t bear to cut up the print.
There is some pooling at the waist as a consequence.
Fabric: I don’t know for sure but it’s probably polyester spandex from the feel of it. Sort of like light weight spanx, but without a huge amount of stretch- about 30%. It could almost be swimwear. Then it would be a nylon lycra mix. It came from Spandex House in New York City.
Changes I made
All pretty minor – I shortened the overall dress length by 5 cm and changed the sleeves to ¾ length. The sleeves are drafted overly long so they can be scrunched up. I’m not a fan of this look and it irritates me when I wear sleeves that have to be pushed up.
This pattern was also available as a colour blocked top. Isn’t it cute? And a great use of knit scraps.
The top part of the sleeve for this top was almost perfect for what I wanted. I cut my dress sleeves out on this line, without a hem allowance, and then turned up a 3 cm hem.
This is a good pattern.
The waterfall neckline really is lovely and the yoke formed by wrapping the back piece over to the front adds a nice bit of framing, plus additional stability to the shoulder.
And aren’t those Manchurian Pear blossoms magnificent?
Three weeks ago just a few buds were swelling on a bare tree, and the promise of spring was in the air.
Now we have a tree smothered in flowers and buzzing with bees:
I love spring.