Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Zippety do da

I want to make Emily a dress, but I can't decide on a pattern for this lovely fabric. The fabric is a sheer woven---not sure what it's called, but it has raised little nubby bumps. Almost like dotted Swiss; perhaps a voile? I think it is dotted Swiss; I was in Hancocks today and saw some very similar fabric. But it's definitely different than some vintage dotted Swiss in my stash. I really should be more educated about fabric types, lol.

I've been searching through the Ottobre line drawing that Teri has put together at Evernote, and I just am not sure what style of dress to use with this fabric. Any suggestions? I'm thinking perhaps something with full gathered skirt. Hmm...just had a thought--maybe I'll search through my old vintage patterns and see if I can come up with something. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, below is a picture of the top I finished yesterday. This should have been an easy, quick to sew shirt, but due to lack of sewing time, it's taken about 6 days to finish. The pattern I used is Simplicity 3790, View E. I think I'm really going to like this top; it promises to be comfortable and roomy without looking like a maternity shirt.



  1. Super Cute Top, Ruth!

    ...and I can't wait for the new kids' Ottobre to get here...only about 30 more days...arrrgh!

    Pam ~Off The Cuff~

  2. Cute fabric for the dress but I don't have any suggestions, sorry. Your new top is fantastic.

  3. I'm pretty sure I have that same blue and green flowered fabric except that the same not the same texture, if that makes sense. I love the top.

  4. I love Ottobre, too - and I recently received the new "birthday party dress" pattern from Oliver + S - a little pricey - but sizes 4-8 and a great (pretty easy!) pattern with gorgeous box pleats - I have just cut out my 3 year old's Easter dress in that pattern.

    Love the dotted swiss!

  5. Can you use the dotted swiss for the petal dress? Otherwise I was thinking it would make a cute babydoll top.

  6. I read your recommendations for this pattern some time ago and recently purchased it and have made one for myself. I was quite pleased with the results and hope to make at least one more soon. Thanks for the inspiration!