Monday, 17 February 2014
a village frock
This dress has been on my 'to do' list for far too long. I am so glad I finally got my act together and sewed this one up. It's the Village Frock by Sugar City Dresses and it was love at first sight when I first caught my eye on this version. Sadly it's near impossible to get your hands on these days, as it's long out of print. Took me ages to track one down. A huge thanks to the lovely lady who helped me out!
What can I say about this pattern, other than I love, love, LOVE it? I'm not sure I've been so giddy about a pattern since I made the puppet show tunic a couple of years ago. Seriously, this village frock is one of the sweetest little patterns I have ever sewed up!
I used a plain cotton/linen blend for the main part of the dress, to really bring out the beauty of those gorgeous gathers (although I've seen some beautiful versions done in prints!) Then I bound it all in a Liberty Tana Lawn.
I only made a couple of changes to the pattern. I lengthened it by a good couple of inches, as it seemed to be on the short side. I also changed the way the loops were supposed to be attached, so they're enclosed by the binding. They're such a pretty feature that I decided to attach them from the front to really show them off.
This little dress makes me so happy and reminded me once again why I love to sew. The huge satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands. Such a wonderful pattern that makes a special dress unlike any seen in the shops. A pattern I'll definitely be making again and again.
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