I’ve chosen to make a Snowball Dress by Waffle Patterns for my entry for Dresses Week. I hadn’t heard of Waffle Patterns until last month, and now I cannot get enough of this dress! This is the second one I’ve made, and Daughter No 2 loves it.
This version used the remnants of the printed cotton canvas I used for Le Bellatrix Blazer français. There really wasn’t much left, and I struggled to get all the bodice pieces and the facings out. Unfortunately I just couldn’t get great pattern placement with the Eiffel Tower, so this bodice has lots of lables and crowns instead! The cotton canvas is definitely not as structured as the cotton twill used for the Summer Snowball. It’s softer and moves better, but is still perfectly suited to keeping the shape of the bodice. The facings were interfaced with a fine sheer polyester fusible from Gill Arnold, no so heavyweight intervention there either.
The skirt used a slightly charcoal-black linen from my stash. I thought it would work better with the print, not being heavily black. It was a little lightweight, however and let too much light in! So I lined the skirt with some black cotton lawn, also from the stash. The hem is bound with black bias binding & I hand stitched it in place using herringbone stitch. The lining’s hem was double turned & machine stitched. I also overlocked everything. No bound skirt seams this time! Whilst I do love that finish, it takes an awfully long time and lots of time was something I did not have this week.
I added the same 3cm to the bottom of the skirt as I had done for the Summer Snowball, cutting the lining the normal length so it didn’t stick out. After completing the Summer Snowball & seeing it on Daughter No2 properly, I decided I probably should have made it a little smaller in the waist area. So with this version I switched to the 34 from about mid-way down the bodice and continuing into the skirt. As you can see, it now has a much more fitting shape, one Daughter No2 prefers.
I’ve loved making this dress and will no doubt make more. More info & photos are on my blog, Mercury Handmade.