Started: April 2017
Completed: April 2017
More old FO catch up!
My daughter loves Alice in Wonderland, so of course we had to get some of the Rifle Paper Co Alice in Wonderland fabric when it was released. There were two patterns she loved so we got a bit of each. I chose the Sally Dress because it has no closures – my daughter prefers dresses she can pull on straight overhead, and I wasn’t sad to skip installing a zipper. I also loved that the pattern had a fully lined bodice, which gave me an opportunity to use both beloved patterns. And then it occurred to me that it wasn’t much more work to add a skirt to the bodice lining and make a reversible dress!
The reversible dress meant I could show off the beautiful lining fabric, too! Making it reversible didn’t take much longer, and the ease built into the dress means that there’s plenty of room for two skirts. I tried to construct the pockets like a RTW reversible dress we own and that added a lot of time (and no, I didn’t figure it out). But it has pockets and two sides and I think it is super pretty.
I am particularly proud of the pattern placement on this dress. I managed to center Alice on both bodices, and on the blue side she’s also at the top of each shoulder framed by metallic laurels. I managed to estimate the seam allowances correctly, which is a skill I am working on.
The final thing I want to talk about with this project is a mistake I made and how I recovered from it. When I was serging the blue bodice to the skirt, I accidentally caught part of the bodice fabric and made a hole (and yes, Alice’s surprised face right over it makes me laugh). At the time I had recently learned about the Japanese practice on Kintsugi – repairing broken pottery with gold. It is a practice that sees flaws as part of the history of the object, rather than something to hide. I channeled this and mended the hole with some gold embroidery thread I had on hand.
What do you think about this practice? Would you be willing to beautifully repair broken things to show off this part of their history?