My first post and entry for week 1 of indie pattern month YAY!
For dresses week I chose Victory Patterns Ava. http://www.victorypatterns.com/products/ava/ This is my second Ava, and it won’t be my last, it’s fast becoming a go to pattern. It goes together beautifully and is easily modified.
Speaking of Modifications. This dress has had it fair share, including, lining the bodice, swapping the side zipper for an exposed back style instead, adding a contrast waist band, pockets,(because Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?) changing the circle skirt for a box pleat style and also shortening from tea to knee(ish) length.
The main fabric used for this dress is From Riley Blake designs Rocket Age collection. I purchased it from Voodoo Rabbit fabrics ( http://www.voodoorabbit.com.au ) on a recent trip to Brisbane, I had been eyeing it off for months online before taking the plunge while on holiday. I had originally planned another dress with this fabric, but after posting both options on the TMS Facebook page, Ava was a clear winner (thank you ladies 😘). The contrast is black sateen with a black spotted tulle overlay, you don’t really notice it from a distance, but I think it helps to soften the dress and make it a little more girly. It also is a nice contast against the exposed metal zip that I used to finish it off.
I really like Victory patterns, the instructions are easy to follow and they come together quickly and easily, the hardest part was figuring out how to finish the exposed zipper. This dress took about 6 hours to complete even with the modifications made.
I love how this turned out, it really plays to my inner quirkiness, it’s far from perfect, but luckily the fabric is very forgiving and any imperfections are not easily noticeable.
It’s now winter here so I’ll be pairing this with tights, a cropped jacket and cute flats, I think simple accessories will work best with the print on this one.