The Harvest Dress
Added Nov 16, 2011
I love an excuse to make an outfit especially for an event. With a new music festival including some of my favourite bands on the lineup, I had a great excuse. And calling the festival Harvest, I already had a theme for my outfit. Doesn’t this fabric just fit that theme perfectly? With hens on nests, baby chicks, various jams, watermelon halves, and ’farmer’s market’ printed all over this fabric it was the obvious choice.
The pattern is a slightly altered 1950s Australian Home Journal pattern, with the skirt shortened and narrowed to make it more modern. By happy accident I’d cut the skirt pieces out so that, with very careful placement of buttons and buttonholes, the pattern on the fabric matches perfectly, as can be seen on the close up photo. It’s one of those little things that just makes me so happy with this project.
The buttonholes are fabric bound, which was time consuming and awkward to do, but, as all seams and hems are invisible, it means that nothing other than the print on the fabric can be seen. And with buttons that match the colour of the hens, this turned out really well.
2 metres cotton