It’s clearly my inner child. I mean, it’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Unfortunately, I needed at least 3m and to be honest, $60 for a dress based on a kids book is a bit steep. I daydreamed for a while. Like, 3 months. It went on sale and I got an extra discount voucher in the mail, which together brought it down to $13/m. Much better!
I should probably be honest here. I knew this would make an awesome dress, but I was a bit nervous about whether I could pull it off. To be perfectly honest (and this is a bit weird), my new standard has become “Would Dolly Clackett wear this?”. The answer is usually yes. She can make the strangest prints look awesome. :) So I went for it. And sort of figured that most people would just think it looks like this awesome Cambie without making the kids book connection.
After my first version, this was super quick to sew. I am in love with the pattern.
It only took about 4-5 hours, which I’m really happy with. Just one evening!
I’m really excited by the back of the bodice. It was my first go at print matching and I’m really thrilled with how it turned out! I used Sewaholic’s print matching tutorial, and it really wasn’t as difficult as I’d always imagined.
Look at my beautiful matching food!
The main thing I found challenging with my Anna Dress of Doom (yet to be blogged) was figuring out which skirt piece was which. I wrote on the fabric in tailors chalk, but most of it was rubbed off by the time I got around to sewing the skirt together. And I still managed to get a few of them around the wrong way.
So this time, I wrote the names of each piece (centre back, side back etc.) on a little piece of paper and pinned it to the fabric. Probably not the best idea if you’re using something where the pins would leave a mark, but completely brilliant on quilting cotton. It all went together much quicker this time. No head scratching over the skirt!
When I first saw this pattern it struck me as a little bit sexy – but there’s no quicker way to destroy all sex appeal than with children’s book quilting cotton! Sorry, By Hand London. But I really like this dress. And my next version will be slinky and shiny, so it kind of makes up for it, right? Right?
I took most of these pictures down at Point Danger. Kyle and I have been being real tourists in our local area lately. We drove down, had eggs benedict in one of the cafes, then settled in up on the hill with knitting for me and study for him. It was lovely! Such a beautiful day and a really nice view.
We went for a walk afterwards and I was really kicking myself for not bringing my bathers. The water was just gorgeous, which is so bizarre for winter! It was seriously like summer today. And most of the last week, actually.
I’ve decided to move my Bombshell Swimsuit forward. I was planning to make it in a month or two, but after today, it really has become a priority. I need some attractive bathers!