I’m especially loving my new dress, made from a gorgeous lightweight cotton sateen from Bargain Box Capalaba. It didn’t last long in the shop and I’m so glad I managed to buy a bit before it flew off the bolt. Or… bolted out the door. (You know I love my sewing puns!)
Back in February we got this stunning fabric into the shop and I was in love at first sight. It had a great graphic, pattern-clashing print with striking jewel tone colours. An incredibly soft cotton, almost a voile but with a sateen finish. As the bolt got thinner and thinner I decided I needed to buy a few metres or I wouldn’t be able to live with myself! And so it sat in my fabric storage/ temple for the last few months waiting for the perfect garment.
Last week I decided it was time. As we approach summer I’ve decided it’s the season of the dress, so I felt like this fit and flare number would absolutely shine with this fabric and its fabulous border. I also used the border for the waistband.
I lined the bodice with cotton voile as I usually do but decided I would use acetate lining for the skirt – a little out of character for a lady who lives in cotton, but I didn’t want the softness of the fabric to droop from the gathered waistband. The acetate lining just provides a little bit of support and keeps it bouncy.
Today I wore it to work and I was so pleased at how soft, light and cool it felt. Not to mention, I got a lot of compliments which is truly the mark of an excellent garment made with superb fabric!
So the moral of the story is… grab that fabric before it walks out the door with someone else!