I saw this cotton/linen fabric as a swatch when my boss was ordering stock and I knew that I would sew a garment from it. I originally had a shirt in mind, but when I saw the preview of Issue 15 of Fibremood’s magazine, Dolly caught my eye.
Sometimes a statement fabric requires a relatively blank canvas to allow it to shine.
That being said, Fibremood Dolly has some lovely details that do get a little bit lost with this busy print. The neckline is finished with a binding, but there is a bow inserted into the neckline split.
I switched the ties from being cut on the grain to being cut on the bias as I love how a bias bow sits. This meant I had to be a little bit more careful when sewing and handling these pattern pieces so they didn’t stretch out.
The pattern has a raglan sleeve, which are my favourite #teamraglan, and the sleeve edge is gathered and bound with a cuff. I also lengthened the dress by 2″ (5cm).
I did have trouble matching up the front sleeve notch to the front armscye notch. Not sure if it was my error or the drafting, but I did feed it back to Fibremood and last I heard it was being checked.
It’s winter here in Australia, so this photo shoot required tights, but I look forward to wearing this dress with bare legs and sandals later this year.
Pattern: Fibremood’s Dolly Dress
Fabric: Cotton/linen blend from The Cloth Shop.
Alterations: Completed a 3/8” (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, cut the ties on the bias and added 2″ (5cm) to the dresses length
Outfit: Tights from and boots from Obus (several seasons ago) and earring by Jo Hawley via e.g.etal
Location: Port Fairy
Looks terrific and v versatile dress that can be worn with leggings of bare legs. Must find this pattern .
Versatile is exactly what it is!
Wow. Fabulous dress Anna. Not only do you get the fabric and the pattern paired perfectly, you are always inspiring. Based on your gorgeous Hope dresses, I’m cutting into some beautiful fine wool with a bit of a stretch from Tessuti for some lock down sewing of a Hope dress today. You give all the details I need, not that my body is anything like yours, but your pictures give me the clues I need for adjusting for my personal needs. I also love the links you give for your scarves & earring etc. Melbourne is a melting pot of artisans! Thanks for all your efforts to keep your blog going😍
Thank you Rebecca. You have just made my day with all your kind comments. Happy lockdown sewing.