Thanks so much Erin for letting me choose this beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics denim fabric. It was really tough choosing one fabric from all the delights you stock!
I thought that it was the perfect chance to step away from my usual geometric, plaid and abstract design choices, and despite being much "prettier" than my usual choice this fabric spoke to me! I wear denim most days in one form or another so I thought that the colours would go beautifully with loads of garments in my wardrobe.
Now Art Gallery Denim Fabrics are not strictly denim, but a denim coloured medium weight cotton. Perfect for shirts, dresses, skirts etc. The fabric was a delight to sew with, which really is a good thing or I might have given up on this project! You know those projects where it feels like everything goes wrong and it's really hard? Yeah, well this was THAT project for me. It definitely spent some time in the naughty corner!
The pattern is the Blair Shirt dress by Style Arc patterns. I, along with much of the online sewing world, love the style! A boxy and loose fitting shirt or shirt dress with collar, placket, cut-on sleeves with a cute cuff, curved hems and some really funky pockets. The pockets are hidden in the side seam, whilst the pocket bag hangs down as a design feature of the hem.
Sewing it caused much head scratching, and even though I am not 100% sure I did it the right way, the resulting pockets are very cool! Another pattern feature is a seam running all the way around the middle of the dress, which I thought would be disguised by the floral pattern. So I decided I needed some piping to highlight this design feature. After combing my stash for something suitable I came up with the genius (ha!) plan of using the reverse of the Art Gallery Fabrics Denim and make my own! This was a great way to use up scraps and the lighter back colouring works really well I think! I have never made my own piping before, but it was super simple and I will definitely do it again.
The finishing touch were some beautiful buttons gifted to me by my darling friend Evelyn. They are handmade by the Melbourne designer Arrow Mountain from bamboo, and they look so good against the denim colored fabric.
Despite having difficulties with the making of this shirt dress I actually really love it. I have worn it every day it is clean!! Both as a loose and breezy dress for hot days and as a layering piece for cooler days. It's very versatile for our fickle Victorian weather. I think it would be a really great pattern for some of the lovely wax prints in the Brave Fabrics store! Thanks Erin for letting me be your guest, be your guest, be yoooooouuuuurrrrr guuuuuueeeeeeessssst!