Added Nov 11, 2012
This is the dress I made for the Tessuti Awards competition. Sadly I didn’t even get into the finals, but I am proud that I finished it in time. I had been meaning to enter the competition for the last few years! and finally I did it! Next year I’m just going to have to step up my game a bit!
Does it not remind you very much of Alice? I thought it was a perfect match.
I had a lot of fun playing around with multi directional stripes. Although I’m uncertain how flattering the horizontal stripe is across the middle.
I used Tessuti’s “Tap Water” Japanese cotton. Its delightfully sheer and soft and has a slight seersucker effect. However, this meant I had to line the entire dress, which I did with a white cotton voile.
I also made my own bias binding for the arm holes. I love the effect of the diagonal stripes against the vertical. It really is the smallest things when sewing that you fall in love with!
I also used a red bias tape around the waist on the inside as a little waist stay. Mostly it was just there for decorative purposes, but it also helps to stop the waist from stretching out, seeing as the fabrics are both quite light and delicate.
To read about Alice’s adventures through the looking glass click here
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