After the success of my Vogue mashup I thought I’d make a quick sun dress for the heatwave using a precious 1.5m piece of Rifle Paper Co cotton I had.
The fabric was the end of the bolt from Sewcialising at the Knitting and Stitching Show of Garden Party in Cream from the Wildwood collection.
I used the Vogue 1428 bodice just as I had before but added the McCall’s 8193 skirt. The bodice is lined with some spare pink polycotton I had in the stash and I used my overlocker for all the skirt seams.
Gathered skirts are great for my figure because I can add on a larger skirt to a smaller bodice to get the hip room I need for my fuller lower half. I cut a size 14 skirt for this project.
With only 1.5m to play with I couldn’t make the final tier as long as I wanted. To save as much length as I could I hemmed the skirt with bias tape creating a 5mm hem.
The result is a dress that’s just a touch short for my taste. Unfortunately it’s also too tight in the bodice. As this is quilting cotton compared to the crepe I used last time, there’s less give and I need atleast another cm of room.
It’s wearable without a bra but rides up a little so the bust darts point too high and it rubs under my armpits a bit. I used a side seam invisible zipper so letting it out a bit will involve unpicking all that work and I can’t be bothered! Got to be honest there.
All that aside the print is spectacular! So I’ll still wear it for those heatwave days and my upcoming holiday. I wore it out for a Pre-birthday trip to Parcevall Hall Gardens. This magnificent estate was owned by a gardening enthusiast and has different plants throughout that bloom at specific times of the year meaning it looks beautiful all year long. There’s also a wood with a waterfall. And a delicious tea room!