Added May 14, 2011
My little girl’s current fave story is The Enormous Turnip, so I jumped when I saw this wonderful fabric!
It’s a cotton from Lecien, and there was only ONE yard left of it at the shop.
I used the shift dress pattern from Built By Wendy, but really narrowed it down towards the bottom, much like a sheath. I drafted the contrast neckline and used some leftover fabric (also a Japanese cotton).
There wasn’t enough fabric left for any facings, so I lined the dress throughout and used that instead of facing. It’s a bit less professional I feel, but given the amount of fabric, it was my only option. There also wasn’t enough for the hem, so I cut out a band from one of the hub’s old cast-off shirts and used that. It forms a contrasting inner hem that I really like :)
Overall I’m really pleased with the dress. It pulls over my head, so it’s really simple to wear. I’ve worn it to work 5-6 times already, and people smile brightly when they see me. What’s not to like :)
The best part is how my little girl goes, “Mummy, you’re a turnip!” and makes pulling gestures and noises every time I wear this!
Sewing & Techniques
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