I love this print! It’s from Cotton & Steel, their hatbox design. And it’s all cotton, a lovely calico, not sheeting like my Art Gallery disappointment…
But purchased from Craftsy, on clearance. Watch their sales! I got 3 yards of this cute fabric for $13.17… I wish I had bought the turquoise colorway as well.
This is my go-to franken-pattern hack. smile A simple darted bodice with a waistband and gathered skirt. And big ole patch pockets centered across the side seams. They’re a little over 10″ wide and 9″ wide. Love them.
So – the particulars…
My bodice finished at 5.5″ long below the armhole, several inches above my natural waist. At the bottom, it’s 40″ around. Plenty generous to let me pull this dress over my head.
The ‘waistband’, which is raised, is finished at 1.25″ wide. I just cut a piece across the fabric, 2.25″ wide, 42″ long, which allows for .5″ seam allowances. And it’s lined in cotton/poly broadcloth, cut to the same dimensions (I have this broadcloth in so many colors, love it for linings and facings).
And I’m such a cheater – since this fabric is 42″ wide after selvages, I just cut 2 pieces across the width and 43″ long, to make the skirt.
I’ve used this ‘formula’ over and over in the past couple years – it works for me.
Check out the selvage on this fabric – so detailed! I wonder that Cotton & Steel would expend so much dye and so on, on a selvage that will be discarded…maybe I should have sewn it in somewhere inside my dress 🙂
Bittersweet – because I made it sleeveless, anticipating continuance of the diminished inflammation in my arms. Well, too soon. I’ve developed new lesions on my upper and lower arms, lots of swelling – I just hate this. My morning trip today was to my local medical supply house for hydroderm, which can be very helpful for healing. But my experience is that time – lots of it – is the healer. I need to be patient, once again. I see my rheumy every 4 months – he is starting me on two new meds in October, for the scleroderma and the osteoporosis. Fingers crossed.
But I can enjoy my new makes at home, or out and about with a shrug or cardi.
Truth time – I photo-shopped all the pics in this post so that the lesions went away. I don’t usually do this, but I wanted to share this nice little dress and adorable fabric.
Check out that hair – I’m going gray, but it’s a light blonde mixed with gray at the moment. And I love it. No more hair dye!!
Cheerful – a couple poses. This is such a happy dress, and I’m a pretty upbeat person.