We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!
I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and sadly there was only one and a half yards. There are not many dresses you can make with only one and a half yards. Most shirts take three yards of fabric.
Strawberry Festivities of the Past
This Years Dress.
I knew a fitted sheath dress could be done with one and a half yards. A strapless, fitted bodice, with a gather just below the knee – pencil skirt style was this years plan. Pattern McCalls 4829 hack time!
Alterations to the Pattern.
The skirt had 7 panels and I joined them to make 3 wider panels. I widened the waistline just a bit to add a soft, slightly gathered look. I did not do the straps. To keep the dress up I added interfacing to the entire bodice. I also considered boning and elastic in the back to help, although my Japanese twill was thick on its own, but I didn’t do it. Last, I altered the top bust neckline just a bit to give it the sweetheart look.
I have made this dress so many times I did not need instructions or measuring for fit. I was able to make this years dress in less than 2 hours including cutting time.
Behind the scenes~
There is an awesome quilt show at Yellow Springs Brewery thru June 24th
The quilts are all made by Marilyn Stall.
I did my 10th DIY professional photo shoot Sunday.
Thank you to everyone that came to my Killer Craft Sale. I was able to buy new Moxi skates with the money!
Thank you for reading,
Dream it! Sew it!
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