KCW: Mara dressOctober 24, 2013
As you may have read here, I happily sewed up Marte from Compagnie M's debut commercial pattern - the Mara blouse. I LOVED the yoke detail and really wanted to have a go at making the dress version using Marte's tutorial included in the pattern. I was flicking through my pinterest images thinking about Kids' Clothes Week, and I found this one....
The style of this pretty pintuck dress reminded me of Marte's pattern. So I really wanted to make the Mara dress in a bright yellow.
I made the dress with butterfly sleeves this time and I also added rounded pockets with bias trim. I really love the Mara blouse pattern. The yoke is adorable and the sleeve and blouse/dress options make it a pattern you can use all year round. I know it will be a pattern I will pull out again and again. It has just the right mix of a bit of a challenge (yoke) and a straightforward sew (the rest of it!) to keep me interested.
I used apricot coloured store bought bias to make the piping and to edge the neckline. For some reason, white piping in the size I like seems to be as rare as hen's teeth at my local fabric store. So for this dress I actually twisted to pieces of acrylic 9ply wool to make piping!! It didn't retain it's form as well as regular piping but I kind of like how it sits flatter. The buttons were a 'Eureka'! moment...I was hunting though my orange button bag and could only find mediocre flower buttons that I didn't feel lifted the dress. I randomly looked through my pink bag and found three of these gorgeous vintage ones I forgot I had. Yessssssss.
I love how the sun performed here and decided to shine right on Juliette's head for the photos.
Juliette is often reluctant for a photoshoot, but after I showed her the little chalk garden she was very co-operative!
Marte and I have become good blogging friends over the past couple of months and after I sewed up her pattern, I decided to also offer her mine. You can imagine my delight when I opened the photo she sent me today to attach to this post. Have a look!!! Just like the real Belgian Debbie books!!! Thank you so much Marte!!!!
To have a better look at this sweet dress, please visit Marte's blog:)) Marte is also offering a 10 % discount on her lovely Mara blouse pattern for all sewpony readers until the 31st October. Just use the discount code: 10offsewpony at checkout!!