I have finally made my very first Sally Dress! This has been on my to-do list since I bought the Sew Fab bundle last year. The weather has gotten warmer, and I thought now should be a great time to sew this dress!
I was planning to do the test-run of the pattern using other fabric first, but I skipped it and went ahead with the Japanese Sakura print fabric I have been wanting to use for this dress. Mainly because this dress was a good fit for Project Run and Play's Week Two theme: Spring Break Challenge.
The creation should be inspired by the favorite vacation spot.
My ideal vacation would be...a beach, beautiful beach! I just want to stay away from everyday chaos and relax on the beach... But if I were to think about the dream vacation for the spring break, I would love to go to Japan! Our spring break time is just about the time Sakura(Cherry Blossom) blooms in Japan. Nothing says "Spring has arrived!" like Sakura does in Japan.
One of the Spring's poplar activities is the picnic under the Sakura blooms. This picnic is called Hanami (Flower watching)....anything tastes great under the flower...and I miss it so much ;)
So I made the Sally Dress using this Sakura fabric.
This is actually the same fabric I used to make Paper Fan Dress last year. I liked both the pattern design and the fabric, but using this fabric for the Paper Fan Dress was not the best choice I made. The tiny flower print and the dark color made it hard to see the pleats, which was the most important details of the Paper Fan Dress. But Sally Dress works with any prints..that is the genius of this dress design. Small prints would make sweet dress, while larger bold prints are showcased beautifully.
Sally Dress has square neckline and huge square pockets. Those square-ness made me think of Japanese kimono, since kimono is made with straight lines only.
I told Momo she could pick the flowers that have already fallen on the ground. Those huge pockets were great to keep her "treasures." :)
I made the elbow length sleeves, and they are perfect.
Last year I made a top for myself using this fabric, but it was not a good fit for me. I only wore it once and I did not think I would ever wear it again, so I cut it up and used to create those sleeves ;)
Linking up to those fun parties.