When my friends at Jones & Vandermeer reached out to see if I wanted to make something with their brand new Wiltshire Seafoam Neon Pink exclusive fabric, I was so excited! I knew straight away that I wanted to try to recreate a dress I liked from Anthropologie using some beautiful lace paired with the new fabric.
Here’s a shot of the inspiration image.
After some consideration, I decided I’d like to recreate the dress using a mix of the Phoenix Blouse from Hey June Handmade and the Fringe Dress from Chalk & Notch. I used the top of the Phoenix Blouse, cutting it off at the bottom of the yoke. The lace is sewn directly on top of the fabric along the seam lines on either side of the front yoke. I made the sleeves by altering the sleeve that originally came with the Phoenix blouse. First, I cut across the shortest part of the sleeve bottom, then I slashed and spread it at the bottom in three different places so that it would create a flared look. I used insertion lace in the sleeve since I didn’t mind it being sheer there.
For the skirt, I went with the Chalk & Notch Fringe because I love the shape of that skirt. It seems to have just the right amount of body. I cut along the hem at the shortest point so that I was working with an even hemline, and then for the small ruffle, I simply used about 1.5x the width and gathered it. Again, I used insertion lace for that portion of the skirt, as I did with the sleeve.
The bodice and the skirt were joined together using the insertion lace as well, after some thought. You see, I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted to approach that. Perhaps if I could go back and do it again, I might choose a different method. I knew I wanted the back of the dress to be elasticized because I like to have some waist shaping. However, I didn’t know how I wanted to go about it with the lace there. So I went ahead and sewed both the bodice and skirt to the lace, and then added elastic to the back. It’s not the best look, but probably only something that I will notice. I have discovered that pretty much no one looks at someone else’s work with as much criticism as the maker. So I’m betting that is the case here too.
I love the dress so much! It turned out exactly as I envisioned it, and I’ve already worn it out to dinner with the husband. I like the loose, easy fit style! This fabric and the dress style are certainly the epitome of summer, so I probably won’t get to wear it much more this year. But I can tell you now that it will be a regular part of my warm weather wardrobe!
The colors in this exclusive Wiltshire are so pretty! And it is aptly named Wiltshire Seafoam Neon Pink! The pink is indeed neon. It is perfectly complimented by the seafoam berries and olive colored leaves on a crisp white background. It is difficult to capture the tones of the fabric perfectly in a photograph, but I have tried to render an accurate image! Just think of sherbet on a summer day at the beach, and that is just what this print embodies! In fact, why not get a jump on next year’s beach tunic or caftan? Or perhaps some summer Carolyn Pajamas? I think any pattern would get an instant summertime upgrade in this Wiltshire!
I’d love to know what you would make with this print! Let me know right down there in the comments! We don’t engage in blogland nearly as much as we used to, but if yesterday’s social media blackout taught us anything, surely it is that we ought to be able to connect outside of the giants of Instagram or Facebook.
Want to see some other my other makes with Liberty’s Wiltshire, clearly a favorite print!? Take a look here!