Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bird-print dress and a vintage scale print skirt

Hey all,
So I hope you liked the book clutch tutorial I posted a while ago. If you've made one yourself, I'd love to see the results!

So I feel like every time I post, I start off with a "I've been super busy lately with studying and stuff..." and this time is no different. I have managed to squeeze in a couple of projects, though.

The first one is a dress. I found this blue-and-white bird patterned jersey at a fabric store for 1,70€/kg. There was a huge amount of it, but it was from the end of the fabric, where they cut out the test pieces (they cut out circular pieces off of the middle of the fabric to see that the color and stretch and everything is good).

So the fabric looked something like this:

I loved the bird print, so holes or not, I had to get the fabric.

Thankfully there was a lot of the fabric, holey as it was. Because of the holes, I just had to piece the dress together out of small pieces. So for example the skirt part was made of 8 pieces like this:

I didn't take pictures of the process, but here's the end result:

I really like how it turned out. It's pretty but totally suitable to wear in an everyday situation.


Then, in a fit of sudden "I have nothing to do what should I-- OH HEY I could clean up my fabric cupboard!" I went and pulled all my fabric out of the cupboard and then put them neatly back in.

This resulted in a lot of "whoa, I didn't even remember I had this fabric!"

So I took out this piece:

It's one of the fabrics I got from my grandma-in-law in the summer, so it's vintage and dyed in a local factory some decades back. I like the scale-like / scallop patterns. And you can really tell the dye-job is good, because you can see it on the other side of the fabric as well so it's dyed all the way through the fabric.

Here's the front piece:

It's got three pleats and blue-patterned hidden pockets coming along. The back piece was about twice as wide as the front and also pleated, so the pockets are not quite in the side seams but a bit toward the front, hidden in pleats.

Here's the finished result, the pockets are at the seams in the front:

Peek-a-boo pocket!

And here's a gazillion pictures of me wearing the skirt:

I really like how the skirt turned out. It's sort of vintage-y yet still edgy and looks fresh. What do you think? :)