Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Fabric: 3 metres Rose and Hubble ‘marguerite’ print on polka dotted red ground. From Goldhawk Road.
Notions: 1 metre ‘marguerite’ guipure lace £5.50. Thread and zip from stash. Interfacing from stash.
Time to complete: 16 hours.
Cost: Fabric £3.50 per metre, notions £5.50; TOTAL: £16.00
First worn: In these pictures, February 2012.
Wear again: Yes – in the summer!
Remember that childhood game with daisy (or marguerite) petals to determine whether he loved you or not? I loved this fabric as soon as I saw it, as it combined red – a staple for me – with polka dots, so clean and crisp looking – and my favourite marguerite flowers (my alias). I found it in the last shop I visited with Charlotte Tilley on Goldhawk Road at last year’s UK Sew Weekly Meet. I kind of knew in my mind’s eye how I wanted this dress to look but didn’t have the pattern for it. I did some pondering – as Jen does! I used the Colette Crepe pattern twice last year, as I liked the style of it, particularly the sweetheart neckline and all in one sleeves. So, I’ve kept the bodice part, but instead of the wraparound back I used my favourite skirt pattern (which I already used 5 times last year in different incarnations) and the bodice back from my Duvet Dress – I shaped the sleeve part though to match the bodice front. I also inserted a zip in the centre back. The inside is finished with French seams and a hand stitched hem, with bias tape to cover the bodice and skirt attachment seam. The daisy lace trim is also handstitched. I really enjoyed making this from start to finish, because I took my time and know it’s all finished neatly as it should be. I’m outdoors this time, as the light is better – but casting strange shadows… No mean feat in February here in the UK!