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 thoughts on “Alien flower power”
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!
I love it. You look willowy and graceful. 🙂
It’s beautiful- you truly know color and style to compliment you!
This is a very pretty and wearable dress – it looks so amazing on you!
That is fabulous! The fit is just perfect.
This dress is really pretty!! I love your style.
Beautiful – sings of summer. Achieving such a good fit in a halter back is no mean feat.
Love it! What a perfectly perfect dress, Catherine!
This is gorgeous on you! I love it!
That is beautiful! Well done. I love it.
That looks very nice! I love the great fit you got for the halter bodice, that’s not easy!
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