The last few weeks I have tried to stay away from pink but I knew that I would have to give in eventually since it’s back to heading the list of N’s favourite colour. What she wanted was a pink frock with a pink frill–and luckily for me I had this pattern which pretty much fit the bill.
(Apologies for the bad ironing job in all the photos: these were taken the almost the second after I finished making the dress.)
Well, ok,my version of the pink “frill” didn’t exactly make the cut because she also wanted pink pompoms in place of the white bias but I successful convinced her otherwise :-)
This pink fabric, quite lovely actually I must admit, is perfect for summer and I had several metres of it (brought many summers ago in Pune for making pajamas). I made the tunic out of it, and as you see in this layered version, also the flounce of the dress.
For the back I added a ribbon that I had bought a long time ago while still in New York.
While making the tunic (which I did first) I had a hard time with the flounce. I think I overdid the seam allowance on the flounce which made it a tad shorter than the tunic. And so in an attempt to get it to fit I was a bit overenthusiastic and ended up tearing it a bit.
Do you see it on the left in the very first photo on the top?
I mended it by hand but despite the busy print you can still see it quite clearly. Of course, I panicked momentarily! But, we leave for Pune tomorrow and I am thinking of taking it to the guy who sits outside our regular dry cleaning person and is a whiz at darning. Post his work (“rafoo”) I am sure it’ll become pretty much invisible. :-)
This is the dress:
For the top part here I used linen which has also been around or long–too long I think because I forget its source. Incidentally the binding is also from the same linen and I hand stitched it entirely, since I don’t much trust my edge stitching. I made the dress in size 5T with 2″ added to the bodice of the tunic and the dress. It’s still pretty roomy, but sits nicely on the shoulders and looking at some flickr photos I think that is supposed to be the fit of the dress.
By the second time I was a little more adapt at attaching the flounce and didn’t get any more tears. The rest of this dress (and the tunic as well) come together quickly–thanks of course to Liesl’s excellent instructions. If you are new to this I would say that the flounce does take a little bit of time, although it’s not difficult. One just has to proceed carefully and with some patience especially around the front V part. All I am saying is that it’s not something to do as the last bit of sewing late at night!
Since the top is linen and fairly see through I did not want to attach facing in the way the pattern suggests. With some newly gained confidence post-tear and attaching one flounce I decided to line the bodice entirely with the same pink fabric used elsewhere.
Can you see it here?
Depending on the light you can barely see it, but the overall effect is quite nice and I am very glad that I decided to do it.
The inside, as a result, looks something like this.
Sadly it doesn’t make the dress reversible because the pink does have a front and a back but it does make for a very clean finish.
Despite the tear,and not withstanding the pink-pink everywhere I enjoyed making this dress/tunic tremendously, far more than what I had thought I would.
N loves it too, for obvious reasons!
We leave for Pune tomorrow for a month and half long. It’s summer holidays for everyone and I am looking forward to meeting my parents, sister, friends and some nice weather!
Do you have any holiday plans?