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Flounces and sunshine

By kk-
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The sun is shining today and makes me so happy. The grass is starting to grow and if the weather keeps like this the leaves are coming out in a couple of days.

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I am completely in the spring mood and I’m wearing my newest dress I made using Lekala pattern #4279. I mentioned getting this pattern free and was thinking of all kinds of romantic fabrics until I realised that the flounces need a more masculine fabric for the dress not to be overwhelmingly romantic. So I got this navy blue viscose from my stash that did not really appeal to me immediately. What I thought however was that when the cut of the pattern is interesting, you need a “boring” fabric and I wasn’t wrong.

For anyone interested in this pattern beware that the instructions are quite unclear especially what comes to the construction of the flounces. I mean, why do the instructions tell to cut the bias for the edge of the flounce and then it’s not sewn on? I think there must be some issues with the translation into English. Perhaps the word “overstitch” is meant to describe the whole process of sewing the bias-tape onto the edge of the flounce. Anyway, I did not bother with any of this but made a rolled hem using a serger. The only real change I made to this pattern was to leave the zipper out. I tested the dress and due to the elasticated waist and the loose fit I could easily slide into the dress even without the zipper.

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Ok. I said that the fabric was boring, did I? But the dress is not boring to me! Actually I have worn it since I finished it two days ago. I particularly like how I can wear it with crazy coloured tights because the calm colours of the dress calm the tone of the outfit down. And if my arms feel cold I can throw an oversized cardi on the top.

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