ILA DRESSApril 14, 2017
No doubt by now you have noticed the big Coffee and Thread blog tour? I have known Olga, the lovely lady behind the Coffee and Thread pattern label, through the blogosphere for a few years now. And she is a super nice and supportive lady. She was born in the Ukraine, but now lives in The US with her husband and four children. She is an ex school teacher (go teachers) and now also creates PDF patterns! Today is the last day of her world tour and there have been so many lovely creations made using her patterns. Make sure to search #coffeeandthreadtour on IG to see all the lovely things people have made. You can also use the code 'coffeeandthreadtour' to receive 20% off any of Olga's designs today too. Olga is also having a giveaway over on her blog. Enter it HERE.
Olga has created some lovely designs and since I saw the Ila dress released late last year, I have had my eye on it! So I was excited to sew up the pattern. I decided to make Emily the dress, since she wears dresses the most, since she is still at kindergarten (preschool). I found a one metre piece of this retro looking soft cotton at my local op shop and promptly chopped into it to make my first Ila dress. I love white piping and knew it would look great with this fabric. Unfortunately, I began this dress a few weeks ago and only had one sleeve sewn in. When I went to finish the dress a few days ago, I could not find my other sleeve! Since I had thrown out the small scraps I had left, I sadly had to remove the lone sleeve. So I simply neatened and turned the arm scyes toward the wrong side and top stitched - not as the pattern suggested, but I had no choice! I was also too lazy to fully line the dress to cut neck facings from the neck yoke pieces. This worked well.
I love the simple lines of this dress, and using striped fabric, is fun to play with the direction of the stripes. Emily will be able to wear this dress over winter with a long sleeved navy top underneath. Emily loves her Ila dress although she is dark with me for not including pockets...oops!
Thank you Olga for having me! I hope the pattern tour has been a great success!