Spending a few weeks in Australia was a little escape to paradise. The sky is huge, the sun is amazing and the trees are so noisy! Jet lag had me up at 4/5am most mornings and it was beautiful to wake up to the dawn chorus of magpies, parrots, kookaburras and the rest. The light is different there too and it really made me think more about colour and how I need to expand my choices.
I bought this fabric a while ago in Brighton, it really appealed to my love of animals in print. I hadn’t realised but I have a lot of animals on fabric laying about. It’s not surprising really, I can’t remember a time I didn’t have pets around. Almost all of my childhood photos have a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a duck, a chicken or (for a brief period) a kangaroo in them. Not much has changed! What you can’t see is my sister’s dog, just out of shot, waiting to play the “I’m stealing your shoes” game.
Being a nice stable woven, this cloth was easy to work with. One of my favourite things about this is the neckline. I’m partial to a low cut top but the higher neckline works better to show off the print. Drafting this was a good exercise. I used the block I’d made based on Metric Pattern Cutting and went from there, adding darts as I needed.
Looking at this dress I can see that it might need a bit of taking in under the bust and a few other things I’d probably do differently. I have a tendency to over fit things then regret it later so the fit probably is fine as it is – it was nice to have a bit of extra space to breathe on such hot days.
I didn’t line it, which is a bit of a drag because I can’t wear it with tights. No regrets though as it’s a nice little bit of colour and perfect for sunny weather. If only I could have packed some of that Perth sunshine in my suitcase to take back to London.