Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dress for Lara

I just finished this dress for Lara, which is made out of some gorgeous Nigerian blockprint cotton she gave to me to re-purpose. Well, I almost finished it, because it still needs its zipper, which I'll pick up next time I'm at a fabric store!

This is the fabric and it's finishing from before - I wish I had snapped a photo of the actual dress! It would have been a great before and after!

I used Vogue pattern #8469, which I had gotten on impulse during at 10 patterns for $10 sale at JoAnns. It's in their "Very Easy Vogue" line, and I thought it was simple and straightforward in it's construction. There's a bit of handsewing, though, in the slip-stitching of the midriff lining and armhole lining, so it took a bit longer than I had expected.

I ended up using some seafoam lining I had on hand, and I think it makes for a cute color combination. Since the cotton is so stiff, I used a really lightweight woven interfacing on the midriff.

Used my new double needle for the first time!! Two needles, two spools, one bobbin - easy and a clean finish! What's not to love?!

I'm looking forward to putting the zipper in, and giving the dress to Lara - though really I just can't wait for her to wear it!

I have a new hat being photographed by Charlie Bones this weekend, and I'm so looking forward to seeing the images!!! And of course, sharing them with you.

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. I love the dress so much! I was just showing your blog to brag about your wonderful hats and there is my dress! She wishes you would turn her too-large-nigerian dresses into something so cute for her. I am so lucky to have a personal seamstress.