The ‘Tree of Life’ Dress
Fabric: 3.5 yards Swirl Cotton Fabric $17 from Fabric.com
Pattern: Colette Peony, 2nd time making $0
Notions: 1 22” zipper $2, 1 button from stash
Time to Complete: Approx. 6 hours
First worn: For pictures
Wear again: Yup
Total Price: $19
Being an Irish and Scottish dancer, I frequently attend events celebrating both cultures. One of the theme’s that I love that is constantly reflected in Irish art and jewelry is the Tree of Life. When looking for inspiration for this challenge, I stumbled across Gustav Klimt’s painting of the same name. As soon as I found it I gave up the other artwork searches and began brainstorming for fabric and patterns.
I was really lucky in finding a fabric with a swirl print that really reminded me of the original piece. I decided to do Colette’s Peony pattern, as I think it is a nice blank canvas dress, but that still has some pretty design characteristics to it.
I had hoped the dress would be a faster project as I’ve already made it, but it still took about 6 hours. I made version 1 with the shorter sleeves but added in the pockets from version 2. This time I decided to actually make the belt to go along with it.
I really like how it turned out. The design is pretty but fairly simple, but I think it reflects the original inspiration piece. I’ll definitely wear it again! It would fit into my work wardrobe, and that print is subtle enough that it doesn’t feel costume-y.