My last post mentioned how much fun I’ve had playing with patterns from my employer, Izzy & Ivy Designs. While a lot of modern sewists rely heavily on PDF patterns, Izzy & Ivy started out as a paper pattern company. I have the benefit of drawing from those patterns as well, so I really have a wide variety of combinations I can choose from for my projects. The point of that is to help our fans think outside the box and combine pattern elements to get the most unique garments possible.
The calendar says September, so while it’s not really cool outside yet, I know it’s coming. Or at least I HOPE it’s coming. This makes me start to rethink sleeve possibilities and add sleeves back to dresses as we get back into school. The dilemma I had was that the Tallulah has the cutest, cuffed sleeves, but they are long and I wasn’t quite ready for that yet. I went ahead an used the Tallulah sleeve and the used the short sleeved tee from Sweet Polly’s Playclothes for a reference point to how short they should be. You could use any short sleeve from a tee pattern, but I wanted to stay consistent across the brand.
I mashed this now short-sleeved Tallulah with the skirt from the tiered sundress from our Brooklyn’s Boho Beachwear booklet. I used this dress pattern for Miss L’s 4th of July outfit, and really fell in love with it. I think it works perfectly and is super twirly! I added a hemband ruffle and some ric rac for extra detail.
I think the real test for a twirly dress is this: can I get her to STOP twirling?
My knits are from Purple Seamstress on Facebook. I really can’t say enough about Mel!!!
My selection for woven fabrics is Reminisce from Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m head-over-heels for these rich colors! I’ve used Bonnie’s fabrics in other projects (HERE and HERE) and they are always gorgeous! I think the deep colors in this line really lend themselves well to what I think is one of our favorite fall dresses so far.
But seriously…can you blame her?by