Added Aug 11, 2012
I bought this lovely Michael Miller fabric off ebay about 5 months ago now i think. I bought it because I was just searching for ‘nice landscape fabric’, thinking that would be something nice to sew with. I ended up buying 4 Panels of ‘Lavender Hills’, and including postage it ended up being $40.
When I got it I loved it, however got put to the side for quite some time, because I had no idea what to make with it.
It needed to be something simple, to show off the fabric, but couldn’t find a design I liked enough….
I used Tokomo Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic: Tying a Bow D. Easy to draft, the only thing I would change next time is, I wouldn’t make the bow/collar so wide. Maybe it’s just because the fabric I used was quite stiff, but its a bit too much fabric around my ever so sensitive neck. Ergh.
I made buttonholes with my beautiful new machine which makes beautiful amazing button holes. Tokomo just slashes where the bow goes through and leaves it raw….but im not the most overly careful person, so I could see that turning into my whole dress just unravelling…. Oh! And it also has inseam pockets. Nice big pockets for my hands and lip gloss.
The front plackett closes with snaps and the hem is a blind hem, both of which I hand sewed while watching a tacky movie.
I like the colours in this dress, however the other night when I was getting dressed, I literally had to stand in front of the mirror and try on like 4 different cardigans and pairs of shoes to figure out which looked best. Usually I can do this is my head….but all these pretty colours really made it hard!
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