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outfit: easter sunshine


Happy Easter! We had such lovely sunshine yesterday, so we took a walk around town and took some pictures. I wore what I’ve been calling my “dotty cowl dress”, which is the wearable muslin for my Ireland dress that I finally went back and properly finished.

Fabric: Polyester crepe (?) from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. I found this poly in the discount section, but it’s been nice to work with. And the color and print is so fun!
Pattern: Self-drafted, finally wearable muslin for the Ireland dress. See the not-so-wearable in-progress muslin here.
Techniques: Self-lined bodice, fabric cut on bias, invisible zipper, bound armhole seams, understitching, bra strap carriers.


I think my favorite part of this dress is the irregular dotted fabric in a purple-putty/bright peach color combination. It made me laugh out loud at the fabric store, and since I have an ongoing goal of wearing more patterned fabrics, I snatched it up. You might have seen this dress before, as part of the process of making a floor length gown to wear to a wedding in Ireland. The finished dress turned out beautifully, which was of course thanks to making several muslins to tweak the fit!


One of the things the muslin helped me see was some excess fabric diagonally on the back bodice. I fixed the pattern for the final dress obviously, but since I just wanted to make this muslin wearable I wasn’t going to recut anything. Below is a picture I took while doing the fitting adjustments, and then the finished wearable muslin. I’ve taken the excess out of the side seams only, but it did help! The armholes are a little oddly shaped now (a little high and tight, and abruptly shaped from the armhole going up), but this is a totally wearable muslin. In fact, I’ve worn it several times since finishing it – while giving a gallery tour, at a nicer dinner, and at an evening work event. Success!



In sewing for myself I don’t make muslins often, mostly just when I make very fitted garments like strapless bodices or blazer-style jackets. I think this is actually the first time I’ve even made a test garment out of “real” fabric instead of the standard unbleached cotton muslin! I hate letting things go to waste, so I’m glad this dress was salvagable.

DSC_5583DSC_5558I wish a Happy Easter to all – for me that includes a lot of oranges and tea and chocolates, knitting, reading, and sitting against a sunny wooden cabin wall wearing sunglasses. Aaaah!

  • gilliancrafts

    This is gorgeous on you! The bust draping is so pretty and effortless looking. I like how the print looks subtle from far away, and bright and bonkers up close! I’m glad you made this dress work!

    • indigorchid

      Gillian, thanks! It took something like three rounds of patterning and alterations to get there, but I’m really happy with how the fit of the bodice ended up! I haven’t kept the skirt pattern, but I’ve certainly kept the bodice pattern so I can make this style of dress again if I wanted to! Haha – I so agree with your description of the fabric pattern, it’s subtle until you see it up close!

  • http://opportunityknits.blogspot.com erin

    Lovely dress, the drape is amazing and my goodness,you drafted it! Fabulous skills!

    • indigorchid

      Thank you so much Erin!

  • https://profiles.google.com/116515372850484075366 vibeke l

    ELSKER ALT ved dette antrekket..ALT : ))

    • indigorchid

      Åh, takk Vibeke! Entusiasmen din er veldig smittende, så takk for det!