So hi there guys,
This is my first ever post as a sunshine blogger and let me tell you now, it's a good one! For this post I chose to have 2m of the super drapey viscose called Wildflower Meadow, and this fabric is seriously to die for. The colours, the drape, the pattern, quite frankly nothing let me down.
Because of the luxuriousness of this fabric I knew it had to be a party dress for an upcoming family wedding, so I hit up my pattern collection and came across the Elisalex Dress from By Hand London. Now, I've never made this pattern before, but i've made many of their other patterns many times so I knew already the adjustments I had to make to this pattern. This pattern originally comes with a pleated tulip skirt, and I knew with this super drapey fabric, that it simply wouldn't work, so I switched it out for a simple half circle skirt as I really wanted to let the fabric speak for itself.
Just look at the flow of that circle skirt!
Before any one chastises me for using viscose for a dressmaking pattern that is made for super structured fabric, I knew what I was doing (well, kinda). I knew I wanted a slightly looser fitting dress so it would have an element of chic-ness and sophistication (something my wardrobe is seriously lacking). And to be honest I really thought that the drape of this fabric would just speak for itself with the simple princess seams of the Elisalex dress. But also, I thought the whole point of sewing was that I could do what I wanted?
Anyway, so the construction began, and after some very careful cutting out I was really ready to sew. Soon I learned that this fabric is an absolute DREAM to sew with, there was no chewing or catching from my machine, and the overlocked seams look incredible. But where this fabric really stole my heart was how nicely it looked after a good ol' steam, a few puckers I had when I put in my zipper completely went away, the wrinkles on the hem vanished and the sleeve heads looked like some kind of magic had inserted them rather than a very rushed dressmaker.
So I proudly wore this dress to the wedding and felt like a million dollars, I was so happy in it that I completely forgot to get some pictures whilst I was there. So here are some pictures of my in my living room and why don't you just imagine that I'm in the middle of the dance floor.
and so here it is...
the final product!
I hope you see the fabric is as beautiful as I think it is.
lots of love