Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sundress #2

(Sundress #1.)

So, I promised myself I wouldn't buy more fabric until I'd used some of what I've got.

And then, naturally, I bought more fabric.

I'm still planning to make the basic dress out of Cal Patch's book, but I've got to draft the pieces first, and I wanted a second sundress now. I first found this fabric (the line is Santorini by Lila Tueller) while I was in London, but it was mad-crazy expensive (something like £11.50 per meter, which is roughly $15 per yard, when the fabric retails here for $8.95), and I wound up getting it on sale from My Needle & Thread (another Etsy shop). With the bold outlines around each leaf and flower, the fabric reminds me of a stained glass window.

(Park photos by John the Bad.)

Sundress #2 took longer than #1 even though I skipped the pockets again. I realized midway through that my machine really needed a tune-up, so I packed it up and took it to the local Sew 'n Vac; I was holed up at Rachel's (she is a lifesaver, let me tell you) working on the new magnum opus; and then with my grandpa's funeral and family time and all.

(Kind of a goofy photo of me, but a better shot of the dress. Also, from looking at this one I think I need to adjust the right strap. My right, that is.)

This dress has already been very much splashed on and stained with SPF 70 sunscreen.

The only change between #1 and #2 is the length of the bodice—this time I did a few more rounds (38 instead of 35).

Now I'm ready to try something more challenging! I'm going to make a dress to wear at my launch party in October—fingers crossed it works out...

(She stuck a crochet hook in a ball of yarn and called it a yarnipop.)

[Edit 6/21: Kate asked for a close-up of the bodice. I was concerned that the larger print would look odd under the shirring, but I think it looks totally fine.]

3 comments:

Pare said...

Super cute, Camille! You and the dress and the little darling.

Kate said...

I'd like to see the top of the dress up close since you weren't sure how the pattern would look once you made the top part (I forget what it's called).

She is so cute and clever--I can't stand it!

Emily said...

So cute! One can tell when someone's a dedicated sewist/knitter because they choose the pictures that are goofy of their faces/postures but flattering to the garments. Dead giveaway. :-)

I think the print looks great with the shirring!