Hello lovely sewing friends!
I hope the summer is being kind to you and your stashes, and you’re not having to resort to stealing Dalmatian puppies to get material for your projects!
You may have guessed that today post was inspired by 101 Dalmatians.
I saw this beautiful spotty polyester crepe from Minerva Crafts – which appears to be sold out now – and I was immediately inspired by the 1961 Disney film. I got two metres of the spotty fabric, and a metre of red crepe, also from Minerva Crafts.
About the pattern
I wanted a pattern that had some sort of collar, and that was already part of my pattern collection. I was after a pattern that had a silhouette reminiscent of 1940s dresses, and browsing through my magazines I came across Burda Style 105 01/20.
Although the pattern is modern I got a vintage vibe from it, and thought the neckline would resemble a puppy’s collar, so I was sold on it!
The construction of the pattern was quite simple.
I used the lining as a toile, and the fit was fairly good. I generally have the same issues with my fit – as expected, my body is always the same: I usually have to take off about a centimetre off the shoulder seam, and adjust the armscye depth, and I had to do that for this pattern also.
Most of my previous projects have had kimono sleeves, or no sleeves at all, so I have never had to adjust the sleeve pattern to fit with the above, so I thought I’d gather the sleeve cap, sew it on, and see what happened. I am happy to report that I didn’t need to do any further adjustments to the sleeves, thankfully.
Need I say more than what the picture above says for me?
I am in love with this dress! I will definitely be making this pattern again. I will be making a few more alterations to make sure that I get a slightly more fitted look, by taking in the side seams. The print is so busy that this is hardly noticeable in this dress, but the waist seam sits above my natural waistband, so I will make sure to lengthen it as necessary.
I already have a fabric that I am going to use to make a second version of this dress. It’s a lovely floral that I bought to match a 1940s repro hat, so I want to get a dress that has that silhouette. I think I will be adding shoulder pads to get a stronger line.
Let me know what you think about this dress!
See you all next time!