Remember the vintage Italian fabric I bought earlier this summer?
When I read about Fall for cotton challenge organized by Tasha and Rochelle…I knew I had to use this fabric. 100% cotton, 100% vintage.
When I first got the fabric I thought I would make a circle skirt…but then I remembered about Simplicity 2588. The pleated skirt version has a vintage feel to it and I thought was perfect to show the print. I didn’t have enough fabric for the sleeves so I went sleeveless. In the end I think it was a good choice given the loud print!
Certainly this dress stood out at the party…It’s a lot brighter than what I usually wear and well, the print is quite vintage, don’t you think?
I had to move the princess seam, remove extra width from the center front and slightly lenghten the bodice…thankfully I made a muslin. I find Big Four patterns really oddly drafted…this time the front was too big, when I made a Vogue pattern the back was huge. Is it just me?
But now that I have the pattern ready I think I want to make another version next summer possibly with the smaller yoke.
The pictures were taken at one of the largest parks in Rome: Villa Pamphili with its famous Roman Pine trees. I was there for a birthday party in the park. Recently they opened a coffee place/restaurant that offers take-away picnic baskets…so if you happen to be in Rome for a few days and are looking for something different to do, Vivi Bistrot is a really nice place…or you can simply organize your own picnic/party…there were several people opting for that (including a bachelorette/hen’s party)
It’s incredible how just a couple of weeks ago it was super hot…But don’t worry…summer is around the corner!