Eloise at the Plaza Dress
With an unapologetic youthfulness straight out of an “Eloise at the Plaza” book, add this adorable Pink and Blue Printed Stretch Cotton Sateen to your collection! Hand drawn flowers, swirled vines and hearts move in a kaleidoscopic fashion over a light blue background. A crisp hand is paired with a stiff drape for perfectly tailored pieces. Its stretch through the weft ensures the perfect fit for bodycon pieces as well! Make crop tops, shorts and shift dresses for an adorable spring/summer look.
Who can resist a description like this??
I ordered the fabric with pants in mind since cotton sateen is ideal for pants and jeans, but the more I considered the color, geometric design and pattern repetition, the more I envisioned a dress to carry me through the dog days of summer.
My pattern is McCall’s 2401 which I’ve sewn twice before – the first time as a couture dress in silk and the second as a lined dress piped in a contrast fabric.
The pattern calls for two vertical darts in the front and two in the back. I was fine shaping the back with the darts,
but I didn’t want to disturb the symmetry in the front and left them out.
The looser fit is not only comfortable but seems to suit the casual nature of the dress.
The center front trim is a happy afterthought. After taking a photo to determine the hem, I pulled a piece of trim from my stash. Suddenly the fabric popped and the balance of the geometric design was emphasized.
I attached the trim by spraying the back with a temporary adhesive, and machine stitched the outer edges.
The dress is not lined so I finished the side seams with the serger, and enclosed the center back seam with self-bias tape.
Back to this wonderful fabric…. I’m ordering more stretch cotton sateen from Mood’s impressive collection. Just as the description stated – its perfect for a variety of garments and with our warm fall weather fast approaching, I’m ready to make those pants I had in mind.
As always, thank you, Mood!!