Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oh deer!

'Norah has enough clothes now, I'm going to make a few bags now', I thought a couple of weeks ago. And then she had this growth spurt, and now about everything she has is too short. Bag plans in the fridge; time to create a new wardrobe...

First one on the list: a simple dress in the fabulous fabric American Elk Wildlife from Exclusively Quilters, bought on Ebay many months ago. Dresses in photographic prints are pretty popular here in Belgium, as they are made by hip (read: unaffordable) brands like Dominique Ver Eecke and Inge van den Broeck.


























I stuck to my traditional rule: complex fabric; simple pattern. The bodice is a simple model with a blind zipper in the back; the skirt is a rectangle gathered at the waist.


 

I've never known Norah as enthusiastic about any dress as about this one. Next dress with a photographic print is in the making.

32 comments:

  1. Weeral heel mooi! Uw dochter mag zich echt wel gelukkig prijzen. Maar hopelijk stopt ze wel eventjes met groeien, want ik ben reuzebenieuwd naar de tassen die je wou maken!

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  2. That fabric IS amazing! I've gotta find me some. I'm totally with you on complex fabric/simple pattern and vice versa.

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  3. Waauw prachtig. Ik heb ook nog een soortgelijkend stof liggen maar te weinig voor een kleedje.
    Dacht dat het te druk zou zijn maar als ik dit zie heb ik spijt dat ik geen groter stuk gekocht heb.

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    1. Dank je! Veel heb je anders niet nodig voor zo'n kleedje. Een stuk van 63 cm was genoeg...

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  4. Wow, die kleuren! Gewoonweg prachtig!

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  5. That's really fun! She looks cute in anything!!!

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  6. Fabulous, my deer!

    Just out of interest, what will you do with the clothes Norah has grown out of? I'm so reluctant to give my d's to the charity shop; on the other hand, there are too many for keepsakes!

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    1. Great question! We're hoping for Norah to have a little sister some day, so we're storing them for now. But I've also been thinking about what to do with them later on. One idea is to cut everything up into little squares, and make a patchwork quilt out of them. Each patch would be a little souvenir to a dress I made. But I doubt whether that is actually going to be pretty. So I actually don't really know yet what I'll do with them. Probably going to keep my favorites...

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    2. Ah, another baby! Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that!?

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  7. so fabulous! And I love how her amazing mustard boots go with every outfit - truly a wardrobe essential!

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  8. Zo schoon, smelt! Ik moet ook eens op zoek naar zo'n stofje!

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  9. I absolutely love this idea! And of course, yours turned out adorable.

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  10. I would never have thought dress looking at that fabric on a bolt. It turned out so sweet! I may have to keep my eye out for photographic print of my own!

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  11. Oh that is an adorable dress!!!!

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  12. Adorable! How much fabric did you buy for a dress like this?

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    1. A piece of 45 by 25 inches was enough :-)

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  13. Amazing! I love it... everything is great: pattern and print on fabric.

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  14. geweldig - een prachtig kind in een al even geweldig kleedje!

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  15. i LOVE it!! great print... adorable little gal!

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  16. Gorgeous dress. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Do you have any recommendations for a nice simple pattern like this? I am a beginner sewer and I find simple patterns hard to find! Would it work to combine the skirt of your "super simple skirt" with the top of your peplum bubble dress?

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    1. Hi Nicole! Great question; I also had difficulty finding simple bodice patterns, and that is why I started drawing them myself. I think Oliver+S Fairy Tale dress might be a good choice, as it has both sleeves and a peter pan collar which you could leave on or off, allowing for different dresses with just one pattern. I haven't used the pattern myself, so I don't know how difficult it is. The French brand Citronille also has great basic patterns, but I don't know how difficult they are to find in Canada.
      But you can also use the bodice from the peplum bubble dress of course. The skirt is just a simple rectangle, so no difficulty there. You could also vary with the skirt: gather it as I did in the deer dress, or make pleats all the way around, or just two in the front and two in the back (as I did here)... Let me know how it turns out :-)

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    2. Thanks so much for the good advice! I will give it a shot. I have to say that I love all of your stuff.

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  18. When you find photographic fabric that you like, do please let me know! I think I will make a little Ver Eecke - copy skirt using this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100446834/2-yards-rabbit-fabric?ref=usr_faveitems

    Jeannie

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    1. The rabbit fabric look great! It's indeed hard to find these types of fabric, because how do you describe them? 'Photographic print' doesn't really describe it, because it looks more like a painting, right? Anyway, a friend referred me to this website for a nice selection: fabric depot outdoor prints

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    2. I will check out that website. I also am going to venture to make my own on the Spoonflower website. I bought and downloaded a photo from an etsy website, and I'll send you a pic of the finished product...

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  19. I can see how people fell in love with this dress...it's gorgeous!

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  20. You have such a great talent in mixing printed fabrics and pattern - Absolutely love your work!

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  21. Heel mooi !!
    Ik heb ook nog een paar Amerikaanse fotoprintjes klaarliggen ... drukke print, simpel patroon ... bedankt voor de tip ;-)
    gr
    Jelle
    lokakid.blogspot.be

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