So you guys, I'm sure you've heard of One Thimble and all of it's electronic goodness?.... Issue Seven is out already and this wonderful blog tour to celebrate it's release stops here... so lets get to it...
I was very excited to be able to sew up Jen's own pattern contribution, the Alyss Dress, because it epitomises everything I love in a pattern - quirky and fun!
The thing I really love about all Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns is being able to just cut into my good fabric and know, really know, that it will fit correctly. Because Miss F takes quirky and opinionated to a whole different level, I try to let her select the fabric when I am sewing for her. Needless to say, when she picked out an expensive Japanese print, I just went with it.
The dress is rated as either an intermediate or an advance intermediate sew, dependant on which zipper option is chosen. The wonderful border print Miss F chose was begging not to be cut more than necessary and I'm always up for a challenge, so tackled the side zipper version.
The buttons at the front of the bodice are functional in this version, but don't allow enough of an opening alone, hence the zipper. The piping I added is not part of the pattern and certainly added to the difficulty of neatly inserting the zipper, but I'm really glad I made the effort as I think it ties all the elements of the fabric in this dress together.
I adore how every version I have seen of the Alyss has a different twist just by the sewer's choice of fabric combinations... many have used the same fabric print in the skirt and waistband, which really accentuates the shape of the waistband and skirt design.
Next time, I think I'll have a go at the back zipper version and try leaving off the sleeves and Peter Pan collar... I have a feeling that waist shape with really, really shine... I seriously hope you love sewing your Alyss as much as I enjoyed sewing this one for my bebe!
Keen to read a little more about what you'll find in One Thimble Issue Seven? Check out the other posts by the ladies involved in the tour....