I’m Rachel (@creativipea). I’m super excited to be blogging for Sew Sew Sew again and to share my latest make with you. Thank you very much Katie for having me here again.
Katie has so many lovely, reasonably priced fabrics that it was really difficult to choose one for my project. Just as I thought I’d narrowed it down the gorgeous Eleni Paisley Pima Cotton Lawn arrived.
I LOVE the colours in this fabric and I knew that it would make a lovely dress suitable for different seasons. It’s beautifully soft and was lovely to sew and press.
I chose to sew the recently released Fibre Mood Elma dress (https://www.fibremood.com/en/patterns/620-elma-dress-top) from pattern book 10. I ended up purchasing the pdf pattern because I had not appreciated that the magazine patterns did not include the seam allowances. I love the elasticated seam, square back neckline and button front.
I wanted to show off the gorgeous paisley pattern at the centre front, so I took my time to match along the button placket. Having the folds and seam allowances marked on the pattern really helped when cutting out. I cut on the single layer to match the two pieces.
Having matched the centre front, I decided not to hide the pattern matching under buttons. I changed my original plans and decided to make covered buttons using the small pieces of fabric I had left from cutting out. I also used a longer, thin strip to make an optional additional tie belt to bring the dress in at the waist.
My next challenge was to try and match the button placket pattern with the buttons.
The finished dress
I love the finished dress. I can already tell that it is going to be a “go-to” dress (in fact I’ve worn it twice this week already). I know it will go well with tights and a chunky cardigan as the weather is getting cooler.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this, feel free to contact me at @creativipea if you have any questions.
** Rachel was given this fabric for free in return for this blog post **