Sunday, April 13, 2008

Shirtdress!







When Moggy and I are buying fabric, more often than not the same fabric, we always discuss what sort of frock each piece should become. Moggy immediately pronounced this fabric must be a shirtdress when we saw it in Tokyo, and she was right.

I have made a plain black version of this pattern before, with some appliqued corazon hearts on the front, and with hook and eye tape instead of a zip. I wore that last weekend for the first time in ages, and decided it was just the pattern for this print.

And, already muslined! Yay!

I left out the front pleat on the skirt (not enough fabric and not really needed with the loud print) and shortened the sleeves to three quarter, on Moggy's suggestion. What would I do without you Moggy? I think the sleeve length is just right. I kept the cuffs, and amazed myself by remembering to make them a bit larger because the upper forearm is thicker than the wrist. These are things I usually forget, despite my anatomy training. I use a different side of my brain for sewing, obviously.

I think I'll wear her with the belt. Nicer, no?

Moggy and I give our frocks names, so when we are discussing what to wear to an event, we have a shorthand so we know which frocks we're talking about. I'm a bit stuck for a name for this one. Hopefully one will come to me. Any suggestions accepted gratefully.

I shall wear her out to see my friend's band tonight. With shoes I bought in Japan. Yay.

9 comments:

livebird said...

Me likey, me likey. Suggestion for name - Flame Trees Frock. That way it has a theme song, too.

Oh the flame trees will bind the frock together
And there's nothing else this frock could be made from....

Cotton Picker said...

I have a weakness for cotton prints. Your dress is beautiful.

moggy said...

Rowr! Those 3/4 sleeves are excellent - cuffs in particular.

And who can beat a frock with a theme song! Will you get Barnsey to sing it?

Shannon said...

Such a cute dress!

kitty said...

Flame Trees Frock it is then! Thank you livebird! I see a few vodkas, a karaoke bar, and some of that bend-forward-from-the-hips-Barnsey- dancing in my future. I hope the seams hold.

Dawn said...

I love that fabric! Great pattern to go with it.

jessi said...

I love this dress - especially with the belt! Great Fabric, Great Pattern, Great Fit! Excellent Job!

p.s. I found you via Sew Retro - thanks for sharing!

Erin Ptacek said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration!

Zigzag Baby said...

I'm so inspired its ridiculous, I NEED that pattern! Thank you so much for sharing!