Hello, hello! I am so excited to share this make with you all! If you remember in my Summer Wardrobe Inspiration post, I had some striped material that I was excited to sew up into something lovely, and I now have that something lovely to show you today 🙂
Fabric: Vintage / Pattern: Vogue 8789, Simplicity 1587, and self-drafted / Notions: various sources
Stripes are so much fun if you know how to work with them! I drew up design after design for this dress, trying to get the striped placement perfect. The bodice & yoke turned out almost exactly as I imagined they would; but the skirt was a very happy mistake 🙂 I was originally going to have the stripes go in a continuous line all the way around the circle skirt, but I cut it out wrong, so each skirt quarter made a full 90˚ angle when it met up with the next panel. I was at first dismayed, but then got so excited when I laid out the skirt and saw the interesting pattern that it made! It fit in so perfectly with the rest of the dress’ mix-matched stripe design, and gave it a very whimsical, harlequin-style, almost Anthropologie feel.
I used my favorite Vogue 8789 (used before here, and here) for the bodice, Simplicity 1587 (used here) for the yoke, and drafted the circle skirt based on the skirt of the Simplicity pattern. I love combing patterns to make the perfect design, and am so happy with how this frankenstein experiment turned out 😉 The fabric is a very interesting synthetic/cotton blend that I can’t quite lay my finger on defining. It has the rigidity of a poly taffeta, with the softness and pliability of a cotton. I suppose it shall remain a mystery 😉
I made a contrasting band to finish the armholes, because it fit so well with the rest of the stripe-madness going on 😉
Can we all take a moment to appreciate the almost perfectly-matched stripes on the zipper opening? *heart eyes*
For the yoke, I didn’t want to have to deal with matching up the stripes of the outer fabric with the inner fabric, and I wanted to self-line it, so I went with opposite directions, creating a kind of plaid. It came out a bit subtler than I wanted, but I am happy with the unique touch, nonetheless 🙂
Overall this dress was a great experiment in pattern-matching, and I adore how whimsical the finished product turned out!
Have you ever experimented with stripe-matching?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister