I allready gave you a sneak peek of this dress in my last post. Now i felt like I`ll have to dedicate it a proper post on his own. The Maradress was the first pattern released by Compagnie M and also the first Compagnie M pattern I sewed. I was even one of the Mara-contest winner (see more here). It was about time to show that dress some love again.
I sewed a lullaby layette romper for my baby girl a few months ago, out of this gorgeous Liberty fabric. (That`s my baby girl when she was about 1 month old.)
Shortly after, my big girl requested a dress as well! There was just enough left. You don`t waste even a little piece of such a fabric, right? By the way, I received this fabric back in 2014 as part of the Parissewsocial sponsorship. It was generously given by Cousette. It`s probably one of the most perfect cotton fabrics I ever sewed with! This is quality that makes a difference!
With that opulent flower print, it just had to be a bit princess like. I hacked the sleeve to a balloon sleeve, which makes it extra cute in my eyes. For those of you who like to give it a try. I made a graphics which should make it easy for you to do it yourself.
- Draw lines on the sleeve pattern as illustrated.
- Cut it as illustrated and spread it open. The more you give, the more Volumen you`ll get.
- Take the new outlines as your new pattern-shape. Make sure you transfer notches.
- Gather the sleeve, so the new pattern fits to the armscye.
- Add an elastic to the hem. (Don`t forget to add Seamallowance for that!)
That`s it, you just made a balloon-sleeve.
Add some pockets and snaps to the yoke and that`s everything you need for the perfect summer dress. She still wear it of course, just with a few more layers. But that fabric really goes with everything and makes every outfit a tad special.
Pattern: Maradress by Compagnie M and Lullaby Layette by Oliver and S
Fabric: Liberty Mitsi nougat