Back to dressmaking! My latest and current favourite dress is this adorable bib front dress made with Japanese cotton/linen gingham. I made this dress for our trip to New York.
I used Amy Butler’s Liverpool Shirt Dress as the starting point, but you’ll see that I made so many customizations that it’s really a completely new dress. Having done the Pattern Drafting class last summer, I felt pretty confident to play with drafting in my ideas for the perfect dress. I love dresses and tunics with yoke or bib fronts, so that was my first change. I cut the bib on the bias so that I could play with the gingham pattern. Then, I added in a little bit of gathering underneath the bib front. I also wanted to have sleeves that would roll up with a button tab, so I omitted the cuffs and made the sleeve straight. I already has those sweet little buttons in my collection, I’m pretty sure I got them at M&J Trimming in New York years ago. Now that I’ve started adding pockets, I’m completely hooked. It’s so fabulous (& easy) to have pockets, so I added pockets into the side seams. For the pockets, I used a french text print.
I didn’t want a collar, so I just kept the collar stand. I really wasn’t too sure how it would turn out, but all my drafting went just as planned. The one thing I forgot to think about was how I was going to get into the dress. Halfway through making it, I realized that I had removed the button front of this pattern and if it was tight fitting, it might not slip over my head. In the end, it did slip over my head, but that was a good lesson about thinking things all the way through when you’re redrafting something.
With the leftover fabric, I made a scarf for Andrew. I simply cut a piece that was 11″ x 60″. I sewed around the perimeter about 1/2″ in and then removed the loose threads along the edge to create a little bit of a fringe.
There will definitely be another version (or two) of this dress. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I must say that I’m pretty proud of my skills on this one.
p.s. That’s me with my D40 is those photos. We had some fun times together. You’ll be seeing photos from my D40 for a while still. That’s how much I use my camera. (and how slow I am to post)