Hey there, friends!
It sure feels like spring around these parts! Quite apropos for this dress, me thinks!
This is one of the fabrics that came before the pattern. (You know — “what came first, the fabric or the pattern?”). This large scale print needed a pattern as wonderful as it is to show off it’s bright floral amazing-ness. In walked the Decades Everyday ESP dress!With simple lines and pattern pieces just waiting to be filled with bright, colorful fabric, the ESP dress was the perfect candidate. After I made my first ESP in a novelty quilting cotton, I felt ready to cut into this beautiful silk linen. This dress was cut and sewn in a day and gives somewhat immediate satisfaction. I wanted something new to wear for a visit to San Francisco (including Britex’s President’s Day sale!) and this was it!
While the ESP pattern is the backbone of this dress, the fabric really is the star of the show. This is a Nanette Lepore multi-color silk linen from Mood. I had been eyeing it on the Mood site for a little while, but when I saw it on Sonja’s blog, it sealed the deal for me. The Mood photo does not do this fabric justice and seeing it made into something as lovely as Sonja’s Scout top. Yep, I had serious fabric lust.
I made this version of the ESP dress in much the same manner as my first one. It’s graded up one size, has a sway back adjustment on the bodice, with the only other alteration being a smaller skirt as I was dealing with narrow fabric (44″) and limited yardage. This is a voluminous gathered skirt, so it doesn’t do much to the sizing of this dress — it just makes it a bit less of the “cupcake” shape.
I added a skirt lining with some pink cotton batiste from my stash as this fabric is very slightly see-through and I’m lazy about wearing slips. It has the facings plus I [half-assed…] stitched one of my “sewn with Mood” tags in.
I sure received a lot of compliments whilst wearing this dress. Not only around fabric savvy folks in fabric stores (I went to three that day), but also from passersby on the street. I was even photographed by tourists on a sightseeing bus while standing outside of Britex waiting for my husband to pick me up (Yes, thankfully he did NOT shop with me that day!). This fabric is just so glorious and bright it deserves to go out on the town, doesn’t it? I love this dress so much that I’ve had it hanging in my bedroom since I wore it so that I can revel in it’s loveliness. I honestly can’t get enough of it.
And I’ve already worn this dress again! 🙂
- Dress: Decades Everyday #101 ESP dress in Nanette Lepore silk linen, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
- Belt: Macy’s
- Earrings: Bauble Bar