The inspiration came from this picture:
|I cannot find the original source for this pic. Anyone? |
**Update - Thanks to a reader it's an Andre Courreges dress**
When I think of my style these days it's mostly solids with a bit of print here and there for accent. Especially for Bean. I like to be able to mix and match a lot of her pieces and as long as there aren't too many patterns that seems to work well. This was WAY out of my comfort zone, but I knew she'd love it (and she still does) so it was totally worth it.
I've had this lovely whale print from Birch Fabrics for a while and I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with it. As soon as I saw the scallops I decided I wanted to have a solid top and this whale fabric for the bottom. I liked the idea of a solid scalloped bodice above an under the sea patterned fabric and thus came the Scallops By The Sea dress. It would be a great way to showcase this boyish fabric, but still allow the overall look to be girly with a peter pan collar and puffed, banded sleeves.
I drafted the pattern and then while I was putting the whole thing together I found a cool way to get the scallops really rounded and then have the peter pan collar all sewn between the lining before flipping it right side out to complete the bodice. Then I attached the bodice to the skirt pieces and finally added the sleeves and sewed the side seams. I took a few pictures so the scallops may appear here again very soon along with an explanation of the technique.
**Update the post with scallop tips can be found here**
This may be my favorite dress that I've made for Bean. It is very close to the inspiration picture, but I was able to draft it completely from scratch and add in a few fun elements (like the piping) to add a little youth to it.
The grey fabric is a faux cashmere (polyester I think) suiting that is soft with a little stretch. I found it on clearance for a great price and love it combined with this print. I plan to make a Goodship dress by Circus Wear using it too, which I'm very excited about.
Now it wouldn't be signature style without adding something knitted and ridiculous here would it? As I mentioned above, I like things that are simple and understated, but that doesn't mean that I don't like to combine them to take it over the top here and there.
This shrug was made after seeing this lovely shrug on ravelry. I sized it (WAY) down for Bean and love the way it turned out.
Paired with this sweet dress I think it gives her a bit of sass. Is it ridiculous? Yes. I mean, it's a cowl with short sleeves so your neck will stay VERY warm while your arms don't need any coverage? Right.
For an adult, I could definitely see wearing this to an indoor winter function, but alas, Bean's schedule is a bit light on the indoor winter functions this year. And it might be a little over the top for play group, hehe.
**update: I've entered this dress in the Sew Off auditions!
**update: This was featured on Shaffer Sisters!
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