I recently came across a new fabric collection by Alison Glass, called Handcrafted (for Andover fabrics) to be released later this month. I have become completely enamored with this stunning combination of prints and color. These fabrics are hand-dyed, and hand stamped using the same wax-resistant dying technique that is used in creating traditional batik fabric, though they are so much more modern and vibrant.
So pretty, right?
(You can read more about the process and see more photos of the fabrics here on Alison’s blog.)
Anyway, I spent about an hour one morning deciding on a few prints to pre-order because I HAD TO GET ME SOME. After that, I decided that I would write Alison a little email and let her know how inspired I was by her new line. I just felt like I needed to profess my love for such unique beauty. She has such an incredible knack for color and design (You might remember the peplum top that I made Coco– Alison designed that fabric, and I just adore it!). What can I say, it just speaks to me.
Well, turns out she is just the nicest gal, and really appreciated the email. She even lives a couple of hours away from me in Virginia (which is for fabric lovers, if you didn’t know). She asked if I’d like to get my hands on her new line sooner than later, and make something to be displayed in her Quilt Market booth in Houston later this month.
A sewing bloggers dream!
I fell for this particular print (bouquet in duck egg) immediately, and Alison sent me a couple of yards. I decided to make it into a special dress for Ellery because I just love that girl in blue. This fabric. Oh man, it is just so beautiful! Light, airy, such rich color. This shade of blue is so lovely, and it’s just sort of gently splashed these globs of watermelon, golden yellow, and fire-y orange. It reminds me of a sunny Fall day. Hence the autumn props. 😉
I love how the whole Handcrafted line is sort of imperfectly beautiful.
So, for this dress I started with Dana’s First Day Dress pattern (the swing variation in a size 7), and made a few modifications. First, I scooped the front of the neckline out a bit more, maybe about ½”. I lengthened the bodice by adding about 1 ½” to the bottom so it hits her a little lower on the waist. I also added a panel in the center of the bodice and followed An’s Improvisational Pleating tutorial– I love how it turned out.
I also drafted some tulip/capped sleeves… I sort of had to wing it, but in the end I preferred having the “tulip” look just at the back instead of up at the center of shoulder. I like how they look like regular capped sleeves in the front, and then she turns around and there’s a little somethin’ extra going on.
This is the first time that I’ve made my own piping, and it was definitely not as hard as I had anticipated. I used some gold fabric from Joann, and some ¼” cording. (p.s. Props to Kristin and Carolyn for the gold trim inspiration!) The vintage button is one from the stash- I love that this pattern closes with a button and elastic loop. It could not be easier.
This dress is fully lined in Cotton Couture in Graphite- a smoky dark blue that seems to go with just about anything.
I absolutely love the shape of this dress. I’ve made so many dresses with a gathered skirt, but my current fave is this style… so sweet on the “bigger” little girls.
Ellery was sad when I told her this dress was going on a trip to Texas and that she would need to take it off.
She really seems to love it.
And twirling in it. Obvi.
Thank you, Alison for the fabric. It really is amazing stuff!
You can pre-order Handcrafted at several online fabric shops, including ordering from Alison herself:
Finch Sewing Studio
You know you want some.