I took one of those Buzzfeed quizzes they other day. It told me I was Bjork and I balked. I’m not quite that quirky! No offense to Bjork but, seriously, her & me…just not that similar. And then I remembered that I was making a swan dress and I had to laugh at myself. So I suppose this is technically my Bjork moment because check out my swan dress!
The fabric is from Michael Miller, it’s called swan dive, and similar to the coral dot fabric of this dress, it’s ‘hi-density’ which gives it just a little more drape and makes it more amenable to garment sewing than standard quilting cotton.
I’ll be honest, I was really nervous that I might end up hating this dress. I’m not normally into using a novelty print for my clothes. My friend Kait at Michael Miller (otherwise known as “the fabric dealer keeping this junkie hooked”) assured me it was going to be great when I hesitantly told her, “I might be nuts but I just really want to make a swan dress!”.
Kait was right. It is great. I love my swan dress! The pattern repeat is small enough that it works. (Perhaps I need more novelty print dresses? Not sure. Anybody else use novelty prints in your own clothing? What’s your philosophy on that one? )
The pattern is from the amazing deer & doe pattern company. They are out of France and I’m in love with everything they are putting out these days. The patterns are simple and clear. This dress has a fake front button placket and a side zipper.
As happens with many fitted dresses, I had to scale out from the bust to the waist and hips to different sizes because my body is different sizes at those places. It was a fairly straightforward adjustment. Next time, I need to further adjust the bust area and take in a bit of the hip. Otherwise, the fit is great and it’s cute and comfortable. I’m also eager to try out a few different collars. Wouldn’t this be cute with a peter pan collar? Or a tie-front collar? I’m searching for a soft, simple chambray for the next one…more of an everyday wear kind of dress.
Are you starting to feel spring coming on? Is it influencing what you want to sew? I can’t stop making summer clothing despite steady rain and nippy weather. Get here already spring! I’ve got a swan dress to flaunt.
disclosure: I was given the opportunity to choose this fabric from Michael Miller without any additional compensation or stipulation. My opinions about it are my own.