Friday, January 25, 2013

Geranium dress (#1)

About 2 weeks ago, Made By Rae's Geranium dress started popping up everywhere. The first 4 times I saw one (I think that was here, here, here and here), I restrained myself. Didn't I have very similar patterns in my Japanese sewing books? Wasn't this something I could try and draw myself?

The fifth time, I gave in. I couldn't resist the Power Of The Geranium Dress. It haunted me in my dreams.
About a week later, my first Geranium dress was ready. I chose the version with  faux cap sleeves, and the little Icecream Dress notch in the front. Fabric is Echino Lion double gauze (from Fabric Tales).



The pattern is super versatile, and the instructions very detailed. I made only 3 changes: I had to deepen and widen the notch in the front a bit (it was too small to turn decently; the double gauze might be the reason for that); I replaced the buttons with a blind zipper (because it's faster), and for the skirt I used one wide rectangle instead of stitching 3 smaller ones together (so no seams at the sides, which makes the print run through perfectly).



Can't wait to make a second one. And a third. And a...

29 comments:

  1. I love your fabric choices. Looks great,

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  2. Beautiful dress:) I love this pattern and your fabric choice is lovely!

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  3. Beautiful dress! Love the fabric too!

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  4. She looks so pretty! The dress turned out darling and I love the sleeve choice. Nice work!

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  5. Oh, I love this fabric. This pattern, too, I've been loving all the versions. Your girl looks adorable.

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  6. Oh it's SO cute, and knowing what that Nani Iro double gauze feels like, I'm certain it FEELS amazing too. Beautiful! Oh and I know what you mean about patterns that seem simple, like you don't need them, but then you realize it's nice to just have someone lay it all out for you with plenty of options. That's how I feel about this one.

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    1. Exactly! And the pattern for the flutter sleeves looks so odd; I could have never figured out that shape myself!

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  7. Gorgeous. I've made two geraniums, and would make a third in a heartbeat if my daughter's wardrobe weren't so stuffed with cute things to wear... A zip sounds like a great idea, but I think I would get hopelessly confused if I tried to alter the pattern.

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  8. So lovely - great fabric choice! And, because of you, I now have to give in ;-)

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    1. Ha, that's funny! It's like an epidemic, that pattern! My apologies for contaminating you ;-)

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  9. oh my goodness TOO CUTE!!!

    and I hear you, I don't know what the deal is with that crazy pattern either. *shakes head*

    :)

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  10. Love this version!! Great fabric. I am mid-Geranium sewing right now... Bodice (and that pesky notch!) is done. Skirt is next!

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  11. Super lovely, An! I am still swooning over your Holy Cow dress!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! The fabric for your Olivine dress arrived a few days ago, by the way, and I look forward to make the dress in the coming week :-)

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  12. I love the fabric and the dress. Norah looks very cute in it!

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  13. LOVE IT! And the fabric is so perfect. I'm going to have to make one!

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  14. Hi An, lovely daughter and dress!
    I'm thinking to try Geranium pattern too but still not sure because my daughter is going to be 6 y.o and the pattern is only up to 5T. I maybe have to wait 'till Rae makes bigger size patterns :)

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  15. Gorgeous! Love the fabric choice, and I'm starting to hear the siren call of that pattern too...:-)

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  16. Wow, that turned out gorgeous! Love the closeups. They really show you the details. I found you on the Shwin linky.

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  17. Really nice fabric and dress! I love it

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  18. I just bought this pattern and I can't wait to sew it up! I adore that Echino fabric - it's so hard to get here in Australia!

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  19. way adorable! I love this print for the geranium!

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