Added Oct 16, 2010
Several weeks ago I was asked to take part in the Westminster Liberty Arts fabric competition. I got to choose from one of their fabrics (which they then sent to me, yea!), and had to combine it with a BurdaStyle magazine pattern from this site. I probably would not normally have chosen this pattern, but in combination with the fabric choices (beautiful colorful cotton prints of medium weight) I came up with this combination. It was a pretty straight forward project, I opted to make some of the smaller parts in a solid color and add details out of some fabric-pattern elements with pearls, after all, it was a competition! The dress has a button closure UNDER the criss-cross band (what would be the correct term?), which was interesting to construct, but I am not sure it would actually really need it. There are four functional pockets on this dress, two single welt pockets and two big flap pockets, a great project to practise pockets! I doubled up the front piece down to the bust area, as the back of this fabric is not pretty enough for me to want it to show when the collar falls open. I added two little bands on the back, to give it a bit of shape in the waist. PLEASE notice my perfectly symmetrical cutting of the pieces :-)
A long story short – I was sad to send it away!
100 % cotton, Westminster Liberty Arts fabrics