Hey guys, it's Paige from the online sewing and craft blog and YouTube channel Paige Joanna. I am back again to blog about a new dress I have made during the lockdown, perfect for spring-summer. I chose this beautiful Daisy Print Viscose fabric for this project as it’s lovely and lightweight, with a gorgeous square print of daisies which looks really vintage-inspired but also unique.
Pattern merging & square neckline hack.
For this dress, I was inspired by a lot of Pinterest outfit photos of summery style dresses with puffy sleeves. I wanted the ease of a smock dress with no fastenings, but with the stylish square neckline and puff sleeves. I didn’t have a pattern with those design features all in one so I decided to merge the Tilly Buttons Indigo with a vintage pattern my Nan gave me. This hack ended up being surprisingly easy to do because the vintage pattern wasn’t much different in sizing and shape as the Indigo. I have a video vlog showing this step by step in more detail on my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing how I did it.
Summer fabric of dreams
The Viscose daisy fabric is utterly dreamy! It has a gorgeous drape to it and is lightweight making it perfect for hot weather. Cutting it out was slightly slippery so getting the squares to pattern match was the trickiest part but worth the extra time to get it right. The daisy print on the pink background is the ultimate combination, for that retro meets modern aesthetic that I love.
I think the end result turned out so well and was surprisingly easy to merge the styles together. I’m still getting more confident with doing makes like this and now I want to try merging more patterns together to create bespoke pieces. Sew Me Sunshine fabric is always high quality and inspires me so much with my me-made items. I tend to shop new in and then plan what I want to create! During the lockdown, it’s the perfect time to sew your summer wardrobe.
***As a member of the Sew Me Sunshine blogger team, the fabric for this project was sent to me free of charge. I chose which pattern I wanted to make and all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.***