And what’s more it ties in rather nicely with the Sundress Sew-a-long hosted by the effervescent Heather B for the months of July to August. Now there’s a Flickr group to celebrate our makes, but since Flickr joined forces with Yahoo, it’s become one extra login too far & I never ever remember my Yahoo details, and have given up on Flickr. So I shall be hashtagging a teeny bit in Twitter and Instagram instead. (#sundresssew15 )
So back to the story of THIS sundress…..I had earmarked some fabric, an end of roll that I bought from the Fabric Godmother, during one of her big sales-( there is a sale going on at the moment – remnants ripe for the picking– as long as they haven’t sold out, the reductions are pretty impressive. ) Back to the Derby though.
Remember I was inspired by Florence’s so much so that I kept the memory alive using my less than perfect hippocampus, which shows the impression it must have made on me. It is an a-line shift, quite baggy really, made out of six panels providing princess seams. The spaghetti straps are part of a neat neckline finish, that also incorporates a facing. I think it works well. There are different embellishments available- a peter pan collar, a deep hem ruffle- but I liked the idea of the upper ruffle & the fact that it would be made out of a busy print suggested that it would not be too frou frou for me. (Much like Flossie’s)
Despite this being a relatively easy make, I made a few basic errors. The notches are less identifiable than I am used to – they are a bit smaller & stick out, not in from the pattern edges- you need to look out for them & you’ll be OK. I was a little less vigilant & ended up sewing the wrong seams of panels together more than once! Tssk!
But saying that, it still came together nice & quickly, a lovely weekend project, dreaming of being able to wear it in *summer weather* was making me feel all excited, although nothing is predictable when it comes to the weather….
I made the effort to remove one of the needles on my overlocker to do a lovely rolled hem on the edge of the frill, rather than turn a narrow hem. Oh I know, it is not a lot of effort, taking one of the needles out, it’s all in the head sometimes. And so worth it – what a lovely frilled edge.
Looking at the pattern’s image I am not sure I got the belt I was expecting- mine is narrow, perhaps half the width it should be! Not sure what happened there!
The only other adjustment I made was to the upper side seams – the armhole at the front gaped a little, so I took a small triangle adjustment out of the front only, keeping the back seam the same. It’s taken away the little gape.
If you come to make this yourself I would be aware of the length. I used the hem allowance given – 2cm perhaps? and it is just a tad shorter than I was expecting. Not really a problem for me as it is all about the sundress- but I am 5’3″ so it could come up quite a bit shorter if you are taller than me.
I have been able to wear it twice already since I made it (hurrah!!!!! for sunny weather) & it really does fulfill my requirements of a sundress: cool (mustn’t be too close fitting- plenty of air circulation), strappy & pretty with a tan 😉 But you will not catch me ever wearing it a la tent….the belt stays!
And meet Froggess- virtual sister of Heather’s constant companion, Froggie. She is super cute & has some amazing expressions & abilities. My neighbours have made over 100 so far to raise money for charity. Last weekend I gave them a couple of bags of scraps large enough for them to make another thousand (hahahha, maybe not that many, but they will be busy & it certainly gave me a good reason to get rid of some favorite remnants).
Now it’s Friday, & I took a day off work for sun! The weather report was just too good to pass by an opportunity for some sunbathing- in my retro lime green bikini. And until I hit the lawn, whilst I could be wearing the Derby sundress, the tomato shorts are on! (In fact, I’m wearing the same outfit, Signe halter top as well. )