There has been a lot of sewing going on around here lately, but not much blogging. This is in part due to the fact that E says that she is tired of having her photo taken. But when I told her about a field I had seen that was absolutely full of buttercups, she agreed to have me take photos while she picked flowers. Lucky for me, she agreed to wear a dress that I was hoping to photograph too:)
E recently asked me if I would sew her a “Chinese dress” (she specifically requested a “grown-up” one with a straight skirt), which immediately brought Straight Grain’s Laure dress to mind. This one is made with the Qipao collar, a-line skirt, and cap sleeve options. E would love it if I could add frog buttons, but I haven’t been able to find any red ones locally, and to be honest I quite like the look of it as-is with just the red piping.
I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this dress – between the shape of the collar, the piping, the lining, and the invisible zipper, it was a bit more of a challenge than many of the projects I’ve made recently, but it was satisfying to complete a project that required some thought. The dress is beautifully-finished inside, and though I don’t have pictures of the back, I’m very happy with the zipper closure. A funny anecdote – I told E I had to go to the fabric store to pick up an invisible zipper. When I came home from the store, she was very disappointed to discover that the zipper wasn’t invisible at all!
We enjoyed our evening walk to the buttercup field and came home with very yellow feet!