I think in images. Once I am given a challenge, a series of images start flicking through my mind until a right image kind of pops out from among the rest. This challenge was no different. It felt like before I knew it I had four images of things I could make shape up in my imagination, and let me assure you choosing one was not easy!
While she was sleeping, I made an Alice in Wonderland inspired dress for my daughter.
OK, I can practically see a few eyebrows raised wondering how this dress could possibly be inspired by the story. Nevertheless it is!
The story of Alice in Wonderland has become classic, it will never lose it's appeal. It really is timeless. I chose the Tiny Mice Dress pattern by Puperita for this project because of its classic, timeless feel. I have already used this pattern to make a dress for my little niece.
The pattern has options for short or long sleeves. The instructions show how to fully line the dress. I decided to only line the bodice, so I had to change the construction method which was very easy to do.
My daughter is tall and slim so I cut size 4 with size 5 length bodice, and size 4 with size 6 length skirt. I also lengthened the sleeves a little. I absolutely love the way this dress fits her!
While the story of adventurous Alice is old, each new generation of readers falls in love with it. So old and new were my two other clues. For this dress, I combined vintage printed cotton and new denim chambray, both purchased from a fabulous local fabric shop House of Cloth.
It took me just about forever to decide if I wanted to keep the original buttons and loops closure on the back of the dress or use a zipper instead. While I had a green zipper that matched the roses on the dress perfectly I decided to look through my buttons. I am so glad I did as I came across two vintage (old, yeah?) buttons that I felt were perfect for this project.
The print and the colours of this dress were also inspired by the story. Remember how poor gardeners tried to paint white roses? Ta-da! There are roses (among other flowers) printed on this gorgeous vintage fabric. Well, yeah, I can see they are green, but they are still roses! Besides, my daughter has been practically begging me to make her a dress out of this fabric, so let's just roll with it, OK ;)
I think that many people imagine Alice wearing a blue dress, so I wanted to incorporate a little blue somehow. While the fact that R approved pink fabric for the bodice did not come as a surprise, her reaction to my offer to use dark denim chambray for the skirt was most astonishing! She loved it! Usually in R's opinion dark blue is 'boring'. You see, this fabric has the cutest selvage and R wanted it to be seen. I was not sure if cutting fabric cross grain would affect the overall look of the dress, so I offered her a compromise...
Fancy stitches to the rescue! My sewing machine has a number of flower motifs and this is what my young assistant chose. I think I should use fancy stitches more often! I absolutely love the effect they added to this dress.
So, this is R's new Alice in Wonderland inspired dress. When I showed it to her she said, "It is awesome!"
What do you think?
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