Week 4 Polka-Dot Dress
This week began at home but got packed up and finished on the sewing machine I learned to sew on. I was surprised to find, sewing, like yoga, releases muscle memory and can stir up long lost memories.
My daughter was the inspiration for the items that I created. She loves to twirl, dance and sing. She also loves oranges and her favorite colour is purple. The resulting designs are circles upon circles, color and cuts.
To create a circle dress with full twirl, I cut out a circle 12" in diameter in half of the yard of organic cotton and hemp fabric. The corners became the bodice, straps and bows for the dress. Then the 3" circle I cut out of the middle of the skirt circle became a pocket. The overall pattern was super simple, but it took me many attempts, and I tested my daughters patience many times, working out the fit.
The second half a yard of fabric was a challenge! You may have guessed by now that I do not design with a clear plan in mind. Rather, I like to go with the flow, so to speak, and see how the shapes and lines that emerge guide my design. While changing from a cape, to a pair of pants and a sun hat, then finally the ruffled bloomers, the second half yard of fabric became a test in garment reconstruction. I tried to keep with the circle theme and finally created a pair of fisherman style pants and a pair of bloomers to wear under the dress. All of the remaining fabric was cut into strips and sewn end to end to create the ruffles on the bloomers.
I am that I am.