I’m slowly catching up with all the things I’ve made over the summer! This dress has earned the status of being ‘precious’ for a number of reasons.
First up, it’s responsible for starting my love affair with By Hand London patterns. This was my first pattern from those incredibly talented girls and what can I say, that bodice is a dream, a dream I tell you! I love the scooped neckline and the plunging back and the princess seams.
The second reason is that I wore this dress (having hemmed it the night before using a head torch in bed) to the Goldhawk Road meetup in August. So this dress was made for a much anticipated event and has a lot of very happy memories attached to it.
The fabric is Michael Miller and is called Rigging from his Ahoy Matey collection. It’s a gorgeous fabric that just behaves really well and presses beautifully. Rosin who blogs at Dolly Clackett is also a fan of this range of fabrics and has used this print here and using Ship Shape in the orange colour way here as well Stay the Course here (which I also have in the stash and is destined to be a Belladone, probably next spring now.)
The dress is an Elisa-ish as I chickened out on the tulip skirt. I’ve got curves as is and I didn’t know if that was a step too far so for this version I created a pleated skirt using the full width of the fabric. Nice and simple and doesn’t add too much bulk at the waist. I also used a ‘Tango’ orange invisible zip. I have no idea how I cam to have such a blazing orange zip in my collection but it matches the orange accents beautifully.
I’ve been wearing this dress a lot and will be wearing it with tights and a cardigan as the weather is now so autumnal (well it is at the moment as I’m catching up on blog posts and scheduling like mad!) although if we do have an Indian Summer and late September gives us one last burst of sunshine I wont complain! In short, I wish I’d bought this pattern a year ago when it was released rather than waiting a good twelve months to get on the By Hand London band wagon!
Put it this way, I felt so good in this dress and received so many compliments on that sunny day in London I ordered the Victoria pattern on the train on my way home!
PS. I haven’t forgotten about the Simplicity Pattern giveaway, I’ll be posting the winners soon!