I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but just in case I haven’t, a major part of my love of dressmaking is down to the fact that it gives me the chance to wear clothes that are slightly less than conventional. In this case, a dress covered in peaches. With ric-rac. And a big pink border at the hem. Perfectly normal attire for a forty-three year old, amirite?
The starting point was this fabric by Melody Miller, from her Fruit Dots collection for Cotton and Steel. Bright pink peaches printed on unbleached cotton. Love it.
I managed to snag a couple of metres in the sale at The Village Haberdashery, as well as some pink ric-rac and a chunk of solid pink cotton to match. I then turned to my current obsession: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book by Gretchen Hirsch. This has become my absolute favourite pattern source – it has loads of separate bodice and skirt patterns, as well as sleeves and collars, which all mix and match to make a bajillion different dresses.
I decided to use the princess seam bodice, because I’ve made it a few times already and love the fit. I redrew the neckline to have a slight sweetheart shape, all the better to show off the ric-rac.
Add on a simple gathered skirt with a wide pink border and even more ric-rac, and there you go. The perfect summery dress.
And I promise I ironed it before I wore it.