When I found this fabric at my local sewing shop a few weeks ago, it was love at first sight! I didn’t get it at the time, mainly due to the price, but when I returned there this Friday, I had to take it home with me.
Over the weekend it has been transformed into a dress for Frida – the “Dolly” dress from the latest issue of Ottobre.
It looks like an easy project, but I have to admit that this one did fight me a bit of the way. I think mainly because I just don’t know the right technique for sewing in an invisible zipper, and I find it really difficult to make it look the way it’s supposed to. This is my second attempt at it – my first one was with the China grass dress for Ronja, and I think in comparison, this one went easier – at least a little. Then there was the elastics for the sleeves – their diameter is so tiny that it was really difficult to work with, and I had to redo one of them.
The dress is quite wide, so if you wish to alter that, you should consider tracing a smaller size for width. I really like it, though – I think that the wide garments look adorable, especially on little girls. One might argue, that using the same fabric for the entire dress doesn’t show off the design of it very well – however, I’m fond of the way that it makes the pattern design kind of subtle, yet important.
Summing up, I loooooove this dress! The shape is beautiful, I love the yoke and the puffy sleeves, and the colours of the fabric change with every kind of light that falls on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the dress that Frida wears for Christmas.
By the way, I did a bit of research on the fabric, and I found that it is from Stenzo Kids, and you can get it at Banberry Place (sorry guys, not anymore, though…). Now, a few minutes ago, I discovered some online video tutorials on YouTube – among them one for sewing invisible zippers – it looks very detailed, so I’m off to learn more! (The link goes to the first out of 16 videos on the subject.) Don’t you just love the internet?