Alien flower power

03Aug11

Here’s the final incarnation of the alien flowers fabric.



This is a vintage Simplicity pattern, number 5349. I’ve made it before in a black and white print and was surprised by how much wear it gets. Despite looking a bit dressy it’s really comfortable, so I find myself reaching for it on any reasonably warm day. Although not with these shoes! A pair of Converse are more likely in real life. The dress is backless so you do need a hoodie or a cardigan over the top most of the time too.



I tweaked the fit a bit on this version, but the main change from the original was that I faced the hem so that it’s nice and heavy and hangs really well. I underlined the fabric too. It all needs to be quite close fitting and structured to hold everything in place without a bra! The fashion fabric has a bit of elastane which helps there.

Cutting out this floral was a pain in the neck. It is impossible to match the print on any of the seams in this pattern without screwing up the grainlines, but I’m pleased that I avoided any obvious horrors in the placement, and it isn’t twinned anywhere other than a little bit at the back:



But my next project is definitely going to be a solid!



12 Responses to “Alien flower power”

  1. It’s stunning! I love the cut of this dress on you! So gorgeous! The fabric is brilliant and makes such lovely statement on a fine summer day. Really beautiful work!

  2. I love it. You look willowy and graceful. :)

  3. It’s beautiful- you truly know color and style to compliment you!

  4. This is a very pretty and wearable dress – it looks so amazing on you!

  5. That is fabulous! The fit is just perfect.

  6. This dress is really pretty!! I love your style.

  7. 7 Gail

    Beautiful – sings of summer. Achieving such a good fit in a halter back is no mean feat.

  8. Love it! What a perfectly perfect dress, Catherine!

  9. This is gorgeous on you! I love it!

  10. 10 tabathatweedie

    That is beautiful! Well done. I love it.

  11. 11 redsilvia

    That looks very nice! I love the great fit you got for the halter bodice, that’s not easy!

  12. Lovely!



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