Me Made May has been and gone and now it is time for Indie Pattern Month. After a slow start to the year I feel as if I have got back into gear and I am aiming to really push myself this month and attempt to enter all the challenges!
The Dresses Challenge is the perfect start as I have been thinking a lot about dresses recently and I am looking forward to making some summer dresses for the warmer weather ahead.I decided to revisit Deer and Doe’s Belladone dress. I made a first version last year and I absolutely love the distinctive shape of the cut out back bodice, the pleated skirt and the pockets!
My favourite thing about this version is the amazing fabric! It is a crisp cotton poplin from Clothspot – who describe it beautifully as ‘Flamboyant (but curiously understated)..’ and although I was initially afraid that the print would be too much I completely understand what they mean – this is bold but completely wearable!I cut a size 40 for the shoulders and bust, grading out to a 42 at the waist, but reducing the volume of the skirt back to a 40 below the hip. I opted to sew bias binding along the edges of the cut out back as invisible facings. Although I topstitched the binding in place on the diagonal seams I stitched it down by hand around the neckline and arms.I am a huge Deer and Doe fan – I recently made two Chardon skirts and a Bruyere shirt and I have about a dozen Plantain tees. I also have plans for a Sureau and a Bleuet this summer! I really enjoy using their patterns, they are printed on heavy white paper which is perfect for tracing and I have always found the drafting to be excellent and the instructions clear. My only slight quibble would be that the patterns don’t include finished measurements which I find really useful to judge how much ease is included.
I would totally recommend this pattern – the design of the back is really original and flattering and is easier to achieve than you might think!
You can read more about this dress on my blog at notsewsimple.wordpress.com