Happy almost-Christmas, people! I did make a festive dress for myself from a lovely rich purple viscose. It was the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2406 pattern and should have been a cute little party dress. Instead it turned out like a cassock and henceforth shall be known as ‘The Big Purple One’ in honour of everyone’s favourite Quality Street! I don’t have a lot of luck with ‘special event’ dresses – for evidence of last year’s see my birthday Donna Karan number!
So a quick and satisfying make was in order! I had bought this glorious Japanese cotton lawn on a lunchtime visit toSpotlight, the Australian craft superstore. Irrespective of what’s on my shopping list, Spotlight always comes up with the goods.
With such a bold print, I wanted a simple shape, so dug out my trusty Sewaholic Belcarra pattern. It’s got lovely raglan sleeves with cuffs, and a nice hourglass shape. I get a lot of wear out of my Liberty version. As with earlier versions I needed to grade the side seams down a couple of inches from the waist to the hem. Sewaholic produce patterns for pear-shaped ladies and there was a bit of excess I needed to remove. I’m really pleased with this version. It will get a lot of wear, particularly to work with my culottes.