The trouble with having had a summer sewing bender is that I’ve got lots of blogging to do to catch up with my productivity. I mean, I’m being forced to cluster makes together in order to blog about them before the seasons totally change! And why is that a problem? Well, maybe it’s not, but you do end up having lots to read about & even more photos than normal…. Beware!
OK, today we’re talking about the Edith dress or blouse by Maria Denmark. Remember I made it previously here as part of my Oonapalooza outfit? Well so enamoured of it was I that I hastily made up another in white repurposing a white formal ladies’ shirt given to me by my Mum – it has a lovely embroidered “bib” front & the quality of the cotton is too fine to hand over to charity when I could re-use it myself.
I had thought I would do a simple upcycle to it – maybe cutting off the sleeves, keeping the high collar, but after discovering what an essential style the Edith is, it felt as if a plain white version would be incredibly useful. Effectively I cut out all of the Edith pattern pieces from an existing garment- there was no refashioning here – just unimaginative pin & cut. There were elements that needed a bit of imagination to eek the shirt out to provide enough fabric – eg the front facings were cut from the sleeves but in two pieces & had to be joined (but that’s inside & doesn’t show). The shoulders also do not extend quite as far as the pattern designs them to extend. BUT I did manage to cut out two fronts with the embroidery placed in the mirror positions of each other.
There were not a lot of scraps left over from this shirt. I even recycled the buttons – the cuffs & the collar both had fancy buttons with some kind of black centre & marcasite style detailing. But I needed 5 for the front, so alternated them with the plain buttons also from the shirt.
This top delivers as a useful wardrobe addition – a sleeveless white shirt is always handy as a mixer & it’s so summery as well. It seems to always be in the wash (or being worn). So a hit there.
After two such successful blouses, I was desperate to make the dress & raided the stash to bring out some adorable lawn that I had been saving for *the right make* and at last I was able to release it from the cupboard & put it to use. Bearing in mind you need enough length of fabric to cut both front & back in one piece there was just enough. It’s just as quick to make it as a dress as it is the blouse. Just slightly longer seams
I rapidly constructed it & eagerly matched some buttons using the turquoise in the pattern to add a little bit of interesting contrast.
I love this dress to wear! It is the most comfortable hot weather dress ever – it looks cute & shapely, yet, since it doesn’t have a tight fitting waist (& remember I avoid waistbands in the heat) it is sooooo coooool.
I am a little disappointed that I made it later in the summer to be honest – as I feel as if I missed out wearing it through some of the hottest days & I would have loved to have swanned around in it more. I reckon I could get away with this as a work dress too with different sandals.
I can also see this dress in linen, can’t you? Particularly a lovely navy linen with red buttons?
Now the last Edith is the Edith blouse. As a consequence of the white Edith success, I thought that another solid coloured Edith would be most useful & found some sky blue linen type fabric that I had recently bought from one of the Abakhan rummage bins.
You know, there is not a lot to say about this one apart from the detailing I added. I used some self made bias (out takes from my Liberty Laurel ) to bind the armholes. I also found some cute white flower buttons to strike a girlie contrast.
It’s also maybe come a bit late in the season as we are all surviving plummeting temperatures & rather a lot of rain. Still, I have managed to wear it. Now look out! The following photos were taken by my very own David Bailey (my photographer father who now has a new camera!!)
I’m wearing a shortened version of my polka dot rick rack culottes too.
This pose made my Dad chuckle, hahaha!!
I just didn’t wear them as they were, so opted to lop off the scallops at the hem to make them into “shorts/ culottes”.
Guess what people? I adore the Edith blouse – it could be my OWOP, but I’m still vacillating ….I love its rounded turn back collar, its sleevelessness – its extended shoulders, its nipped in waist. It is a doll of a pattern, but in terms of OWOP, I’m anticipating autumn….. What do you think?