When the new pattern by By Hand London came out, I had to buy it straight away - sleeves, loose fitting and pleats???!!! That's my kind of pattern. But what really inspired me to buy the pattern was this version made up by ooobop, it's gorgeous. I adore the polkadots and red colour.
I made variation 1 - long sleeves and long skirt, which would normally hit you below the knee, but as I'm soo tall, it goes to just mid kneelength. I had to tweak the back bodice a little, as the pleats made it look a little awkward, so I replaced the pleats for darts, I also widened the pleats on the front bodice a wee bit, as there was a bit too much fabric at the sides. Again, now zip, as I just don't won't to hassle with them, when I put on dresses.
The fabric is a quite lightweight cotton, so it doesn't hold the pleats too well, but I guess it's okay for now, the next zeena will be made from a heavier weighted fabric. I bought the fabric at the fabric market and actually only bought it, because I was thinking of my best friend, when I saw it, as she's a complete butterfly fan
atic nut. It's cute when close up, but not too obvious, when you're further away.
As I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, because butterflies - awesome!!!! - I used the entire width of the fabric and made the pleats of the skirt wider to compensate the added width. Now I've got a lot of skirt, just as I like it. I hemmed the skirt with white bias tape, which gives it a tiny bit more body.
The dress is completely lined with some white synthetic lining fabric, as it would be a little see-through, if I hadn't and it hangs better that way. I strated the day off with socks, but as it got gradually warmer and then hot, I had to take them off. Bad idea though, because....blisters.
In the background you can see Petite France in Strasbourg early in the morning, we enjoyed a lovely view on a deserted bridge, as it was Sunday and apparently everyone was sleeping in, obviously tourists don't do that,