Knock it off - Belgian styleAugust 12, 2014
Last year when I was planning what to sew for my friend An from StraightGrain's series, Kids' Clothes Belgian Style, this is the image I wanted to cre-create. The Belgian designer's name is Dominique Ver Eecke and the dress is featured in this collection. I loved the romantic look of the girl (who reminded me a bit of Isabella), the cardigan paired with the beautiful bird printed dress, and I planned on taking Isabella to an art gallery for my photo shoot. I searched for quite a few nights on the internet for a bird fabric that would be similar to this one. I could not find one! So, then I decided to try to make my own bird fabric....
(Thanks Issie for giving me your best non-smile!)...So a year and a bit later, I am sharing my bird dress during Heidi from Elegance and Elephants "Knock it off" series. Heidi has run this series for the last three years (as far as I know) and I love the idea of being inspired by a designer outfit and trying to recreate it in my own way. I also love the idea of saving money by making the clothes for my children (not that I would ever pay designer prices anyway!).
So back in May last year, I purchased a blue sheet from the op shop that had a subtle floral pattern on it. I then mixed up some fabric paints and set about painting my pattern pieces (the pattern is the sleeveless version of the Fairytale dress by Oliver & S - lovely fit with bodice darts). I painted on the birds, leaves and flowers and sponged the bottom of the dress to get the blue effect in the inspiration image. This cardigan I hacked up this afternoon when Issie got home from school - a knit top of mine (given to me by my sister), I cut it up the middle and took it in and shortened the hem.
The dress fits perfectly and did so when I made it, but I wasn't entirely sure it was 'good enough' for An's series, so I ended up making two dresses for her series which you can see here! I decided this bird dress was for the dress up pile. Isabella has reached for it often and worn it in public and had many lovely comments on it, which made me think, maybe it wasn't as bad as I first thought! PS. this outfit cost me $1 for the sheet, $2 for the ribbon and about 50c worth of fabric paint!! Oh, and an invisible zip, they are not cheap...at $3.50. So a total of $7... not too bad. I could not find out the cost of the original dress for comparison. Sorry no pics without the cardi as it was too cold for miss Issie:)
Make sure to check out Knock it off at Elegance and Elephants for more lovely recreations!!