I knew right away how to dive into this pile of awesome. After admiring so many Sewaholic Lonsdales, I took the plunge and purchased the pattern this summer. I knew the pink and white geometric/floral print would be an inspired mash up.
Isn't this print insane? I love it when geometric and floral prints explode and make trippy pink babies. The fabric itself was a nice sturdy cotton I double washed. I only had 3 meters and the Lonsdale calls for 4 so I got REALLY creative with my pattern piece layout. Obviously pattern matching wasn't really an option given my fabric shortage but I'm pretty happy with the final placement.
(If anyone is ever in Winnipeg, Manitoba, be sure to stop by Mitchell Fabrics and explore the giant room of vintage fabrics!)
Please ignore my very visible zipper. After messing with the seam allowance there and experimenting with a new method for inserting them it got a bit wonky. Seriously, it looks like the first zipper i ever installed. I was just so excited to wear this beauty I couldn't be bothered to tear it out and try again.
I loooooooove this dress. It's the most perfect summer frock and works at the office and picnics in equal measure. If autumn wasn't looming in the not so distant future I'm sure I would be making another. It's such a creative, innovative design and the way the straps attach to the bodice is pretty brilliant. Tasia, you're a genius! (I'm pretty pumped to make my Sewaholic Cordova jacket this fall.)
Speaking of fall...I may or may not (um, definitely may) be planning a trip to NYC in September. I was about to place a huge online order at Mood before I realized it would really make more sense for me to just go down in person, right? Right??!! Please help me to justify the huge fabric binge I have planned.... My stash is pretty overflowing but I want to focus on pants and jeans as it cools down and I'm not really stocked with denim and wool. YET. Bwa haha.
I'm trying to stick to a resolution I made recently to hit NYC at least once a year... it's so close and I have so many friends who live there it's pretty ridiculous to not make the effort. The nice thing about having gone a number of times already is that I can skip the tourist stuff and not feel guilty about spending a whole day in the fabric district.