I’ve decided to embrace the fact that I have zero desire to sew for the season I’m in. (Whatever season we’re calling whatever *this* is now). This never-ending pseudo winter is making me blue!
Of course in fashion, looking seasonally ahead is the norm. Spring is all over the runways and I am going to be SO READY. This is one of three wax print maxi dresses I’ve gleefully churned out over the course of February. I had plans to unveil them all in a massive, colorful post, but the short month had me scrambling to get shots of just one!
WHO COULD BE BLUE IN THIS?! IT JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY! To get this mirrored effect, I used both sides of the fabric– one of the many great things about quality ankara is that you truly can use both sides, the color is just that saturated.
Although you do have to be careful about print placement. Ask me how I know.
There were so many options with this fabric. I chose a vintage pattern, McCalls 5490. It’s drafted for knits, but it had enough ease to translate in a woven. I just couldn’t pass up the option to play with the smaller pattern pieces for the bodice. That forward shoulder seam, the gathers, the front panels, all were prime print placement opportunities!
The pattern calls for a gathered waist on the skirt…not a fan of that look on me! So after working out the bodice, I simply draped the skirt to make the most of the large scale print.
I AM, however, a fan of wearing ALL THE FABRIC, especially when it swooshes like this! If only my New York apartment was large enough to get the full scale sweep of it 🙂
Everyone’s into Ankara right now, eh? If you want to take the plunge, this baby comes in two color ways. But pounce, because I’m eyeing that green one next…