I’m just putting it out there: I like a bit of tie die! No, not your standard 80′s rainbow, ‘far out dude’ tie die (I’m not crazy), but a restrained, limited palette tie die. It think it can look a bit arty, alternative, perhaps more interesting than beautiful – but then I think interesting is more…..well, interesting!
That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this fabric on the latest London sewing meet up -I loved it pretty much straight away. I was a little worried that I was on my own in thinking this, I mean it is bright pink tie die/bleach pattern, but when I was told it was reduced I couldn’t say no… When I brought it back to show my husband he was ‘concerned’ by my choice, but I was certain I could make something awesome out of it!
And that I did (well I think so )… A Hawthorn! At first I didn’t know what to make but then it dawned on me that I never got around to making a Hawthorn in time for the Colette competition (grrrr….illness) and I liked the juxtaposition of my ‘interesting’ fabric against the ‘cute’ hawthorne pattern. I’ve spoken before of my love for a shirt dress (I think this is my third or forth?) and the hawthorn ticks soo many boxes – a nipped in waist, cutest little collar, and buttons all the way down the front. I believed that this was a beautiful thing just waiting to happen! Again, I was on my own…..
But I continued regardless of my hubby’s amusement, and… well I just love the result It’s just edgy enough to not be cutesy (therefore making it far more like my usual RTW style than some of my other makes) but also makes me feel super feminine. I’m pleased I recognised the potential even if my hubby didn’t… in fact he actually agrees with me now. He’s even suggested that I have a knack for pairing fabrics and patterns in an interesting but flattering way. Woah there! Let’s not get carried away
I guess I should talk about the pattern a bit for those that haven’t tried it yet (er… why not??) It came together really easily! I added my standard extra inch to the bodice which was luckily all I needed. The darts even finish in the right place for me on this one, so not much needed changing. I may have been a bit silly though as I cut out a size 2, which fits…just. It’s fine round my waist (if anything, a bit big!) but it’s a little snug around the bust, but I think it depends on how padded my bra is! In this one it’s fine
Sorry for my crazy face – it’s the only photo I have of the front without my hair hiding the collar…
I only had 2 metres of fabric to work with and the print on the fabric is directional, so I was a little worried I wouldn’t get it to fit, but it worked In order to get it to fit I reduced the length of the skirt a bit – which I wanted to do anyway as I felt it needed to be a bit more fun and flirty with this print. I also got rid of the seam in the back of the skirt, to be honest I didn’t really understand why it was there as there is no seam in the back of the bodice? This meant that luckily it all fitted in the 2 meters, (woop) and I love the chevrons it creates on the side seams!
Yeah, I’m not sure what I’m doing in this photo? Trying to emulate a beauty queen? or Barbie? At least that’s what it looks like to me! But check out those chevrons! It even looks well matched up (total fluke!). Oh and I know I keep changing my footwear in the photos, but that’s because I love these boots and now the weather is getting colder I get to wear them again! Happy dance