The “Island Flower” Dress
Fabric: about 2.5 metres of some island-style floral print that was lurking in my stash
Pattern: Style 1077
Notions: some scraps of interfacing for the collar
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: around my ‘hood for these photos, on a lovely autumn day
Wear again? yep
Total cost: free!
I have no idea where this fabric came from. It’s been lurking in a corner of my stash for years now – I don’t know how it got there, or even how long it’s been there. I’ve never even been sure what to do with it – island style prints aren’t really my thing.
But for this week, it turns out they are!
Where I live is rather multi-cultural. In particular, there’s a large number of Pacific Islanders living around here – the neighbours behind us are from Niue and the Philippines, and across the road are families from the Cook Islands and Samoa. The greengrocers around the corner sells taro, green bananas and coconut, and the shop next door to it always has a rack of island print shirts out the front. There are multilingual churches and childcare centres for various Pacific Island groups. I love it. And that’s where I took my inspiration for this weeks challenge, with this island style floral print jumping out of my stash at me, eager to be made up.
Admittedly, I’m not usually one for these sort of floral prints, but I held my breath, took a chance, and you know what? I actually quite like the result. Sure, it took me wearing it around for a couple of hours to get used to it, but now I like it.
I used this dress pattern, Style 1077, about a week ago for the first time, to make my Autumn Skies dress. Turns out this style works really well for early-second-trimester wardrobes, so I promptly turned around and made it again for this week. I suspect it’ll be on high rotation in my wardrobe for the next month, until my bump grows out of it. (At which point it’ll get put aside for next summer.)