Over the last week I have been spending some much needed time in front of the sewing machine which has been relaxing and very productive! For my latest project I used another amazing Alexander Henry print that I purchased from The Fabric Yard. This one is called Kendi Safari and it does not disappoint!
This cotton fabric is a kaleidoscope of animals nestled amongst these beautiful, soft muted tones.
I only bought 2.5 metres of this fabric and I wanted to use most of the fabric to make a pleated skirt for this dress. I used The Skater Dress bodice by Simple Sew which I got free with a sewing magazine many moons ago. I like the low V neck back detail on this pattern and it doesn’t require much fabric, which is important when you have animals to match up across the zip! I also didn’t use the facings as I wanted to line the bodice, however, I did make sure to add some interfacing strips to the V to prevent any sagging in this area, which works well.
I then pleated the remainder of the fabric, attached it to the bodice and finished the hem with gold satin bias binding. I like the way this adds a nice flash of colour when I walk.
I’m really pleased with the results and the dress seemed to attract other wild animals on it’s first outing at the weekend!
Until next time…