Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Her post about the dress: Colette Macaron
What fabric did you use? A wonderful cotton poplin with a woven black and white gingham check. The check is a little larger than your average gingham – about 3/8″ – which I think helps take it back from country twee.
How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I loved the shape and lines of the sample dress, but I tend to to wear pretty quiet clothes. The sharply contrasting bodice and yoke were just a leeeetle bit too much for me as is, so I decided to play with fabric grain and pattern direction instead. I’m a pretty hardcore knitter, and I love texture, surface design, and pattern–working with the fabric and letting it lend its character to the garment is my favorite part of sewing, too. For this dress, I cut the yoke, sleeves, and waistband on the true bias, and the result has just enough subtle contrast to be interesting–it makes you want to look twice and notice the detail, which is exactly how I like my clothes to be.
What thoughts do you have about the project? This was a really fun project to sew that went together in a flash. The basic shape is adorable, and surprisingly versatile–I’ve been so inspired by the transparent-yoked versions I’ve seen, and am also dreaming of working this in stripes. How adorable would it be with the front and back panels cut in two pieces rather than on the fold, with bias stripes forming a chevron on the body and horizontal stripes across the yoke, sleeves and waist?