After making two of these dresses for the Spring dress swap I had to make it for Princess. She loved both of the previous versions, it's quick to make and I just love the lines of it. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous pattern which is now firmly in my favourites list. It is so far only available in German but if you scroll to the bottom of this page there are links to step-by-step tutorials for each view and a page of examples. The photos in the tutorial make a fair amount of sense and can be followed without speaking German, I will be adding a sewalong on here at some point too as I changed the construction slightly after making my first one.
On with the sew'n'show! This first one is for Princess to wear to school hence the green gingham which is her school uniform colour. We are both a little tired of the same old designs on offer every year in the shops for school uniform, this meets the school's guidelines and also Princess' own developing sense of style.
Here it is modelled, for reference this is the size 122/128 and Princess is currently 125cm tall with a long torso/short leg build. The hemline sits just about at her knee and when she twirls - which she does a lot - her pants are very much on view so leggings or shorts under this are a must for her. This suits us just fine as she likes to ride her bike and climb a lot while wearing dresses so she usually has bike shorts underneath anyway but I know that some of my readers will want to lengthen this a lot if they ever make it!
Here's one for everyday wear in a gorgeous deep purple linen/rayon from Fabric.com a few years back. Beautiful weight and drape and it has washed up really nice and soft, I have more of the same fabric in different colours but I wish I had yards and yards of this purple as it's my favourite colour.
A close up of the embellishments, Princess picked out the hearts trim while we were buying the gingham and I used my Clover Yo-Yo maker for the first time to add a pink linen heart so she can tell which is the front easily. The pink sparkly button finishes it off nicely.
And here is a twirl shot, we're both completely in love with this dress and she has already picked out the fabrics and trims she wants for at least another two. Looks like I'm going to be busy!