A dress pattern that appeared in Sew Beautiful magazine issue #80 way back in 2002 has been on my bucket list for, well, I guess the past 12 years. I like the bateau style neck, the non-puffy sleeves and the raised waistline. The dress is called Pascale and was designed by Laura Jenkins Thompson.
Since there's no time like the present, I found some mauve micro-check cotton in my stash and finally, at long last, made a Pascale dress.
The dress came together beautifully and easily.
Instead of white piping, I went with a greeny-yellow colour and made self covered buttons too.
There wasn't enough fabric to make a wide sash so the thin one will just have to do.
I made a decorative hairband too to go with the dress; grosgrain ribbon with a purple pansy.
I am more than pleased with the outcome of the dress as it fits well and it was so easy to make.
For the next two dresses, I used the "Tinny" pattern from Straightgrain.http://www.straight-grain.com
I have to say that whenever I hear or see the word 'Tinny' I think of our aluminum fishing boat we fondly call The Tinny.
I made two belt loops to hold the red leather belt I bought her from Nordstrom.
When I initially made the dress, I felt the hem wasn't long enough and overall it might be a tight fit.
Before I put in the sleeves, we had a 'fitting'.
Good news .. it fit!
So I put in the sleeves that I made a little longer than indicated on the pattern but simply created a thin rolled hem.
For a hairband decoration, I made a little fox face in felt and stitched it onto some grosgrain ribbon.
For the second Tinny dress, I used the circle skirt that's included in the pattern.
The collar was inspiration from the dress Rachel made made from the Belgian book Stof-voor-durf-het-zelvers.
In discussion with Rachel, she suggested using Oliver + S pattern Playdate dress, and using the bib section, play with it by folding into pleats. So in other words, the collar flap piece was a deep U-shape and folded into pleats.
I cut mine out smaller than hers with fewer pleats and tried it on before adding the sleeves.
It fit and looked okay!!
I put in the sleeves but was annoyed at myself for not adding some length to the hem. Using a 3mm rolled hem foot on my machine, I made the hem.
I didn't make matching decorative hairband much to Miss C's chagrin.
Duly noted and I'll get on that right away!