These dresses were on my to-sew-list for some time now: the Penelope dress by Violette Fields Threads and the Bellevue dress by Little Lizard King.
Since I don’t have a lot of sewing time, usually I do easy, quick-to-sew-projects. That means I usually sew knits.
These patterns, I knew I needed some time to finish them properly, so I waited for a vacation to make them.
Penelope is a VFT pattern for wovens, with a lot of possibilities. Some (more or less) new stuff for me: first time doing pin-tucks, second time doing a placket.
It took me quite some time to figure out which options I was going to make: there are two bodice options, 3 sleeve-options and different skirt options.
Once I had chosen, I started cutting my fabrics. Measuring, marking, … it all took me more time since I knew with woven, I had to do everything properly, there’s less room for errors…
The fabrics are from Riley Blake Designs.
The rockets: http://destoffengalerij.be/index.php?route=product/search&search=rocket
As soon as I started sewing, I loved how the dress came together. The instructions with the pattern are perfect. So I was very proud with the result! And my daughter loves her New Year’s Eve dress!
Bellevue by LLK was the dress I had in mind for my youngest. She loves to twirl around, and I love ruffles on her, so this dress seemed perfect for the occasion. And it is!
I was a little bit afraid it wouldn’t be as pretty with a shirt underneath, since it is more of a summer-dress. But it works out just fine!
There was a lot of gathering to be done for the fluttersleeves and the ruffles on the skirt, but it was all worth it!
Fabrics I used are quilting cottons by quilting treasures, designed by Sarah summer and called “Woodland wonder”.
Wonderland patches: http://destoffengalerij.be/woodland-wonder-tossed-patch?search=wonder
Snowflakes (not where I bought them): https://www.pineneedlesonline.com/shop/Fabric/Basics/p/Riley-Blake-Snowflake-Sparkle-x26911208.htm