At the eleventh hour I managed to finish and photograph this pastel striped dress to share in the Project Run & Play sew along for the final week of series 7. The final week is My Signature style. This dress took me hours - mostly because I photographed most of the steps along the way (which must be done when children are not around!!), since this dress is version 2 of my 'work in progress' next pattern.
When I think about what 'my signature style' is, I would probably say: feminine (because so far, two out of three of my girls have proven their girliness by refusing to wear 'boy pants'!!), youthful with a touch of vintage. I think this dress encapsulates that.
Did you notice the scary shadow monster Isabella created? She actually loves doing shadow creatures, so I will have to show her this one!
I really hadn't gotten as far as working out what I would sew for this week had I still been competing, but my entry would have included three dresses for my girls, possibly using this pattern. I would have used more bold fabric choices if competing, but I loved this pastel stripe and didn't want to go out and buy something when I have plenty of fabrics in my newly organised crates of fabric.
This version of my next pattern was made up in a vintage looking pastel stripe and has pastel aqua piped detailing. I bought the fabric from a local quilting shop, but have lost the selvage ( really need to establish a system of recording the fabrics I use!). Like the first version of my pattern (which you can see here), the dress features a v-shaped bodice, a central dress seam, pockets (these ones are rounded) and a deep hem. I am happier with the rounded pockets than the rectangular ones. I also achieved a more distinct 'V' with this version of the dress.
This version of the dress would also suit heavier fabrics as a winter pinafore (although something as heavy as denim would not gather well...perhaps velveteen or soft pinwale corduroy).
I had fun with the stripes, creating interest by cutting them both ways to complement each other.
The back features two violet vintage buttons from my stash. They remind me of my Grandma's 'tiddliwinks' that I used to count and play with as a child! The fabric also reminds me of matching tracksuit sets my Mum made me and my two older sisters when we were young!
I will be making the other couple of views of this dress/top in the next couple of weeks to show you. I am aiming for an all seasons pattern so there are a few sleeve options, and also a collar option.
Have you voted for your favourite of the designer looks for this week? They are all awesome this week I think. Voting closes in less than 24 hours, so head here if you would like to vote!
If you would like to see more of 'my signature style' and purchase my pattern on sale, you can check out my most recent Debbie's birthday dress here!