The “Crazy Bright Springtime” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 2 yards of red broadcloth ($9) and 4 yards of printed cotton ($30) both Fabric.com
Pattern: Colette Macaron
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Invisible zipper (16") – thrifted
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes. A thousand times yes.
Total Cost: $~40
YES! It's finally spring – the weather is beautiful, the air is warm, but not too hot and tons of flowers are blooming all over my hometown.
In my neighborhood, tons of pink, red and purple flowers are blooming behind garden gates and my spring palette is definitely inspired by the bold, beautiful colors of the season.
That's exactly what comes to mind when I think about spring – bright, beautiful flowers – and what better way to represent the most gorgeous time of the year than with a crazy bright dress. With flowers on it.
The fabric is printed cotton and cotton broadcloth from Fabric.com (my go to online fabric retailer). Both are incredibly easy to sew with and behave themselves throughout the cutting process, which is a welcome change from the slippery sari fabric from last week.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Colette Patterns – in fact, I have one of each style at my house. I'm a Colette pattern hoarder! They're beautifully done, the instructions are clear and the styles are right up my alley. I seriously love every pattern I have made up so far.
Since I was familiar with the style and layout of the patterns I was able to jump right in without issue. Nothing in this pattern was too complicated – pleats, darts and one invisible zipper. I can handle that! Five hours later, I was zipping myself up into one crazy bring dress with flowers on it.
Let me first say I had my reservations about a shorter dress before starting this garment. I'm a knee length skirt gal and above the knee was positively scandalous for me! I am so glad I stuck with the pattern because I love the length – it's the perfect warm weather date dress!
After the dress was finished, I headed on over to one of my favorite places – the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – for some photos. Yet again, Erin the awesome came through with her mad photo skills – thanks Erin!
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