I used the Liberty lawn gifted to me by Debi during our Summer Sewing Swap back in July 2012. I'd been afraid to cut into the buttery soft, adorable fabric for fear of wasting it on a botched project. I'd thought it would work really well as a shirt-dress, but hadn't found or tried any patterns that seemed especially fitting. Then it hit me, duh, this would be perfect for a ruffley-sleeved Laurel dress. And it was.
I love the little acorns in the print and the lovely tones of purple, pink, and gold. In sewing the dress, I also used the green satiny bias binding Debi sent with my Sewing Swap goodies to face the neckline and hem. The slippery silky binding strips plus the soft bemberg rayon lining I used to line the dress ensure that this baby can be easily worn with tights without any unsightly dress bunching. Thank goodness, I can wear this dress any time of year! (but especially in the Fall)
|my favorite part of the dress -- ruffles!|
You all have seen me gush about the Laurel pattern multiple times now, so you already know it's my jam. Maybe I should call it my weakness? I can't seem to actually stop making them. Anyway, there's not much new to share, except I can now say for sure that I absolutely love the ruffled sleeve variation just as much as the other pattern options. I have a feeling this dress is going to get a lot of wear (with a lot of different colored tights!).
|no bunching or riding up over tights!|
|satiny bias tape and smooth lining|
|this look happens to go great with my favorite shoes|
Hooray for Fall and Laurel dresses! I do promise that my next project, which is already strewn across my sewing table, will not be a Laurel anything. It's not even a Colette pattern. I'm really branching out here, guys! You'll just have to check back soon to see how it turns out.