Monday, May 21, 2012

kaffe couture?


With the hot steamy weather of S Florida settling in, I decided I needed some summer dresses.
I browsed though the Kwik Sew patterns at work (SEW Studio) and found a cute little shirt waist dress pattern that I liked. Pattern # 3521.
I hadn't used a Kwik Sew pattern recently and as the bodice is fitted, I decided to use some fabric from my stash to make a preview dress just to make sure of the fit. I had the large floral print on hand but not enough to make the entire dress. So, I dug around and found a green print in my stash to use for the bodice.

I compared my measurements to the pattern sizes, stitched it together and sure enough it fit - yippee!

The only thing was I thought the top needed something to tie it in with the print on the bottom.  I decided to make some bias trim and I added it to the neckline. 
That seemed to work and now it was on to the belt.... 

The belt was easy, the hard part was finding a buckle! Gosh, I need to go online and search for a source. If anyone has any suggestions let me know please.
I did find a couple of vintage buckles at Quilt Market this weekend in Kansas City but I didn't realize how scarce they are. The buckle I used on the first dress was from a box of vintage buttons and notions my friend Marti gave me from her mothers things when her mother passed away.

Anyway, I ended up wearing the test dress (below) to the family breakfast on Mother's Day.
But I was chomping at the bit to make it from the fabric I had my eye on at work.


I got busy and stitched up the second dress just in time for my trip to Spring Quilt Market. The fabric I had picked out was an awesome turquoise Kaffe Fasset print that I wanted as soon as I saw it.

Naturally, Rita (my boss) and I had to pop over to the Rowan booth at Market to see if they noticed LOL
They did, and here is my Kaffe (not exactly couture) dress ..... my pattern didn't have a hat.

I have to admit that I have my eye on another dress pattern...but first I have some quilting to do.

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

I love both of your dresses but especially the polka dot one.... so cute!!!