I can never go wrong or get enough of working with African print. It’s cotton and this lovely fabric from Dovetailed London is light and has good drape to it. I thought this would be suitable for making something like a dress or blouse or skirt that does not require structure. I did think when I held it up towards the light, it’s a little see through. If I was going to make a full skirt or dress with a full skirt I would consider putting a light lining. But this would be a personal choice and something worth considering.
The print itself does not require a lot of pattern matching which is great for a quick project like this one. With most African prints, the prints are placed in the direction of the grain. Usually I would consider placement of my pattern pieces but with this fabric it worked well and lay in the direction of the print. If not, I would consider what I am making and if I need the stretch or prefer the print to be against the grain.
The colours on the fabric give the autumnal feel as it’s bold and vibrant. It has a green base colour with yellow and orange designs. I had the option to use thread for any of the three colours, could have considered even a contrasting colour like gold or even could have got away with using black if this is the colour I had in my stash. Used black that was on my overlocker to finish off the seams. I took the orange colour and went to town with it, using orange thread and added orange buttons.
When I received this fabric I knew I wanted to make a dress as there are a few patterns I’ve had my eye on. The fabric was three yards which is usually enough to make a simple dress. A few of my dress choices were perfect for the three yards and just had to make a choice.
When your body changes postpartum, loose fitting smock dresses are definitely the best. The plum dress made the list specifically for this. Although I did consider a shirt dress for ease of breastfeeding and I am enjoying making anything with buttonholes since I’ve recently mastered this. The plum dress does have buttons at the back so I’m still on this streak and I do love pockets too. I still have not quite mastered gathering, I found this fabric was easy to work the gathers even though still not perfect.
The pattern also has only 5 pattern pieces which meant I could cut and make the dress quite quickly since I no longer have a lot of time on my hands anymore. The fabric is stable which allows for easy cutting into. In my case without pinning and just using weights and a rotary cutter. I managed to get the dress cut and finished over three nights, total of seven hours. I am definitely not a quick sewer and do not like to rush as I’m borderline perfectionist. Pleased with my final dress 👗
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