After sewing garments in black fabric the last few weeks, I was ready for a project with bright colors. It will be hot enough here in South Carolina to wear sleeveless dresses for several more weeks, so I decided to make this “cirque dress” pattern from Marcy Tilton. I’m using a waxed cotton African print from Mood Fabrics. It has a crisp finish and looks the same on both sides. It’s different from quilting cottons that have a definite right and wrong side.
This print has over-all swirls on top of wide stripes of pink and green. Because the pattern is asymmetrical, each piece is a different shape and the fabric has to be laid out in a single layer for cutting. I made several sketches to figure out where I wanted stripes to match or intersect. As usual, I’m making things more complicated than they need to be. Wouldn’t it be easier to make this in a solid fabric? Too late now.
I worked on the dress this week and meant to finish it today, but spent too much time running out to the deck to look at the solar eclipse. What a treat to see it right in my back yard!
I still have to attach the collar, bind the armholes, and hem. I’ll have it finished by next week.