The ‘Rose Garden’ Dress
I was so excited to see an upcoming pink challenge in the queue, as I knew exactly which fabric I was going to use. I’ve had this fabric in my stash for as long as I can remember. I can’t recall if I picked it up over 5 years ago when I thought I would take up sewing, or if I grabbed it from my mom’s stash. It wasn’t a print I was necessarily drawn to, but knew that I could cut it up without being worried about the outcome of the final garment. But now that I actually know what I’m doing, I wanted to see if I could make it into something that I would wear. Not only that, but I wanted to be excited about it.
Fabric: cotton from my stash $0
Pattern: Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges $18
Notions: Buttons and bias tape! $6
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: This past weekend on a trip to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: $24
So, time to mix things up! I had to get out of my Colette/Simplicity comfort zone and try something new. I switched on over to Megan Nielsen mode. Please, bear with me as I become obsessed. This dress was so fun to make. There were just a few pattern pieces and they didn’t have a lot of markings that I had to deal with. As I can be pretty lazy when it comes time to cut out my patterns and fabric, I loved this. The instructions were really clear and I loved the methods for installing bias tape into the neckline and the front packet for the buttons.
The only challenge that I had is the bust is a bit tight. This could have been avoided if I made a muslin, especially as I hadn’t worked with her patterns before, but when I immediately made up her Banksia pattern, I had zero issues with the fit. So, note to self… I may need to bind the girls up, or just lose a few pounds, but I do know that when I make this dress again, I’ll have to double check the bust fit.
I ventured out of the backyard again for this photo shoot, and headed on over to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden. I drive by this beautiful garden whenever I go into the office, but had never stopped to check it out. It’s over four acres of land that contained about 3,200 varieties of roses. All are planted and maintained by volunteers. It was pretty amazing and a beautiful treasure trove in the middle of San Jose. It also made for the perfect backdrop for this pink challenge. Roses everywhere in every color imaginable! And I braved the bees for you all!