Added Sep 13, 2010
i’ve had this Dorothy & Toto fabric for like more than 2 years..
i just never found the perfect clothing pattern for it, since the fabric itself is already a bit “childish” (love it nonetheless!). for me, when the fabric’s pattern is already childish or whimsical, then the shape of the clothing made from the fabric should be somewhat more adult looking, or just a classic shape. i love the idea of combining 2 contradicting things like that .
and then, suddenly the cut-out (yes, again!) trend arrived, and with it, an idea brimmed in my head..this particular one was inspired by Luella design.
out of luck, my co-worker lent her book to me, Ihanat mekot ja tunikat.
it’s the Stylish Dress Book 1st volume which is already translated to Finnish.
long story short, i found what i was looking for: a simple top part for a dress, with a bit higher neckline. it was the S pattern from that book.
i only used the top part of the pattern, without the sleeves.
and then i again altered the back part, used snap buttons for the closures, and, yet another freshly-learned technique that i applied to the bottom part: scallop edge!
the last picture is of course from the Ihanat mekot ja tunikat book itself, not owned by me.
around 1,7m of quilting cotton fabric (110cm wide),
70cm of bias tape for the armholes,
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