Yep, the crazy dog lady is back again!
And I’m still riding the pink train! I actually made this dress for my vacation last month, but have never worn it. I love it immensely, but it’s a bit too warm to wear, so it’s relegated to my spring or fall wardrobe. I actually started sewing a bunch of pink fabrics in my stash because I love how they look with my green merino wool Jenna cardi. I also have been carrying around a green purse for a while now and they all pair so perfectly together that it’s hard for me to tear myself away from a perfect combo. I just need to get myself some perfectly matching kelly green shoes and I’m set! 🙂This pattern is Simplicity 1419, a Lisette Sew Your Style Pattern. I’ve had this pattern lingering in my stash for a while, but have never got around to sewing it. I thought it was time to take it out and sew it up and I’m really happy with the way it fits.
I made View A with the cap sleeves and cute little keyhole collar. I did sew on a little button, but really should have known that that collar was a bit too high for me to be comfortable with it. The photo above (which is snatched from IG and the only pic I took on my dress form), is likely the only time you will see it buttoned up. The collar has a neck facing, so I just ironed it opened and I’m pretty happy with the outcome of that.
I’m a wee bit addicted to Japanese prints lately…. in fact, I am borderline obsessed. Who wouldn’t be when your dog is on the fabric?! This one is a Kokka cotton linen that I got from eQuilter. I happened to be perusing dog print fabrics one day (as one does…. or as Tanya does….) when I came across it. It’s labeled as a “French Bulldog” fabric, but some of those dogs really look like Boston Terriers (of which I have two in my lil’ family). I mean, look — there’s ones that look like Bostons with bow ties — how could they not be Bostons? They call Boston’s the “American Gentleman” after all, as they look like they’re always dressed up in a tux. I say they’re Bostons. 🙂 The other ones resemble my parents’ Frenchie, Artemus, btw.
Other than grading this up to about a 26/28, I didn’t do a whole lot to this pattern. I enlarged the sleeves and did a slight swayback adjustment. I can’t recall if I lengthened the skirt, but if I did it was only about an inch. This is a little shorter than my preferred knee-length skirts, but I’m really happy with it. My favorite things other than the cute sleeves are the pockets and the pleated skirt. This linen works so well to keep those pleats nice and crisp.
I don’t need a belt with this, but I like wearing belts to break up prints in dresses and I love my favorite white belt.
And a dress covered in dogs wouldn’t be right without a pic of me and a dog. Rollie was nearby, so I grabbed him to take a pic. Fun fact, I usually have a menagerie of animals around me when I’m taking photos at home…. you just can’t see them unless they photobomb me or I pick ’em up. My two cats are usually with me, plus one or two ranch cats and at least two dogs. Nosy beasties! 🙂
- Dress: Simplicity 1419 in pink French Bulldog/ Boston Terrier print Kokka cotton linen, made by me
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman