When I saw the theme for this season’s KCW, I knew I had to participate. Yes, my to-do list is overflowing, the holidays are upon us and I have V’s mostly handmade birthday party to work on. But it’s KCW! Best way to squeeze in that one project you always wanted to work on. For me, it was this dress:
It’s inspired by this Hanna Andersson Sundress. I liked the idea, especially because I had so many of V’s drawings to replicate it with! If you have been following my blog, you know I love to use V’s art anywhere I can, like here and here. And with the KCW theme being the Future, it was perfect! Ask V if she will grow up to be an artist and she will say she already is one! That’s some chutzpah, huh!
But we reckon she really might grow up to be a children’s book illustrator or something, because she is always, yes, always telling stories or drawing. My sweet little artist.
Now let’s talk about the pattern. I used the Oliver + S Playtime dress pattern to construct this dress. It was a fairly easy modification : I used the Lotta bodice instructions to line the Playtime dress bodice. I cut out the sleeves and the neck differently from the pattern too. And oh, I also took a couple of inches off the skirt’s width so the embroidery could show.
As I was trying to emulate the Hanna Andersson dress, I added some piping to a slightly tapered bodice. I am not a great pattern hacker, but I am glad I tried 🙂
Notice that lace? It was sewn using my brand new Serger! My Mother’s Day gift; I still have a BIG learning curve on it. It’s intimidating, yes; but very useful.
So how did I transfer the drawing onto the fabric? It’s actually really easy. I just taped the drawing to a window, against the light; then taped the fabric over it and traced with a regular pencil. You could even use a light box if you have one.
The embroidery? Now that took ages! I started on Monday and it’s only today that I got to finish it. Whew!
I got to learn SO much in this process! I have never ever done embroidery this elaborate. But thanks to this site and a book that I borrowed from my library, I was able to find my way through.
I tried to keep it as close to V’s original drawings as I could; using the same colors and similar strokes. I was thinking of this process as ‘coloring with thread’. Haha.
But is the joy of wearing your own art worth all this effort?
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