I’m easing into the Palette Challenge this week by starting with a dress that is incredibly simple, in a fabric I’ve been meaning to use for ages.
I bought this lawn at Liberty when I was in London over two years ago. For two years, it’s been sitting in my stash calling to me. I thought for sure it would become a Violet blouse, but suddenly it dawned on me that it would make a really lovely little shift. With no darts and very few seams, the print is really given free reign here.
(By the way, did you know the Liberty department store now carries Colette Patterns? Bit of a dream come true!)
I used a really basic pattern from the 1960s for this. It’s gathered at the neck, which is finished with bias binding. I had a little extra, so I added a bow. This dress style is beyond simple and uses so little fabric that I think it would be a great summer stash buster. I am all about comfortable throw-it-on-and-go dresses right now.
I think I’ll be wearing this dress at Cocktail Camp this weekend. If you’re in Portland, you should come! It’s an annual event Kenn organizes (and I help a bit).
- I should use my pretty fabric. I’m really making an effort here. I’m often so afraid to cut the fabric I really love, but it’s so much better to have something lovely to wear than have it sitting in a box.
- Simple patterns + statement fabric = win. I really like the way the simple lines make the most of a bold print here.
- I need more shift dresses in my life. I’ve worn this dress 2 or 3 times already and I love the short length and how comfortable it is.
- I love my blind hem foot. I did a machine sewn blind hem on this little number, and I must say the Bernina foot made it a total breeze! I always found blind hems a bit fussy before I bought my Bernina, but this hem came out quick and perfectly formed. Love that foot!
So that’s the first project in my palette challenge for this season! I’m working on a couple muslins right now, so I’m not sure what will be up next.
How are your projects coming? Started sewing yet? It might be fun if those of you participating shared your progress in the comments!