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i’ve been wanting to make a light blue summer dress since i read vi på saltkråkan two summers ago. the oldest daughter wears a light blue dress at one point and while i’m not really sure why i found that so especially inspiring (a blue dress has to be the next most basic thing after a black dress?) it’s been on my to-make list ever since.
i was in gävle in may when i found the perfect blue-striped seersucker fabric – and for only 29 crowns/metre. but it took me a while to find the perfect pattern.
after a false start with a burda pattern – i traced it off and started laying it out only to realise the pattern required 56″ fabric and mine’s an unusually narrow 44″ – i started sketching out some ideas. i wanted an a-line skirt, button placket and extended shoulders or flanges instead of sleeves. not asking for much right? yet it took me the whole summer to find what i was looking for!
simplicity 2018 to the rescue! just what i had in mind, and from 1947 – i love ’40s patterns, the bust sizing always corresponds to my measurements so i don’t have to change much.
this was pretty straightforward to make – or rather, very straightforward. one dart, a couple of pleats at the waist, what more shaping do you need? and isn’t seersucker a dream to work with? so flexible and easy-going.
my favourite detail has to be the hidden button placket.
the inside is basically indistinguishable from the outside at first glance, which is a good thing but has led to me putting it on inside out more than once.
it’s definitely a summer dress but with a bit of luck i can wear it one or two more times before it gets really cold.
finally, i have a light blue dress!
some new fabrics have come my way lately, as they have a tendency to do.
last week we took a day trip to gävle, a really nice town somewhat north of here with a cool old quarter. i went to their local quilt shop and brought home a fat quarter (a super low-volume blue) as a souvenir. i’ve been needing some more background-friendly fabric for my splendid sampler.
i also stopped by ohlssons. it’s a fairly big chain but every location has a somewhat different selection and i really like the gävle store. my luck didn’t fail me either, as i found this excellent cat fabric (which just happens to coordinate really well with my fabrics for the summer sampler 2016).
i also found this butterfly print, which i assumed was just “inspired by” (i.e. ripped off) heather ross’ line, but closer inspection revealed this to be honest-to-goodness tiger lily fabric. i was (quite nerdily) thrilled as i’ve coveted this line for a while and i neeeeever find anything cool from the internet in stores around here. such a catch!
then the very next day my summer sampler fabrics arrived! ask me if i’m happy with my choices. i’m very happy with my choices!!!
it’s done, it’s really done!
actually, finishing this quilt was slightly anti-climactic. i suppose finishing the actual quilting was the thrilling part, binding it wasn’t so exciting after all. and then of course there was the inaugural sleeping under it, but perhaps that lost a bit of its thrill too, as i’d already taken a handful of naps under this very cozy quilt. well, it spent the better part of a year on my couch, what could you expect?
i’m so happy with how it turned out! it’s on the small side (an oddly dimensioned 81″ x 87″) but i figured that for my first quilt i should stick with something on the reasonable side of large, so i don’t mind. it’s still big enough to cover my whole bed, of couse, there just isn’t really any overhang.
i’m especially happy with the colours! the reason i chose pink as the background (instead of white) is because i had some pale pink cotton on hand from a blouse i was making. i’m sure glad i did, it’s so pretty!
all in all i’m very very happy with my first quilt, and i honestly still can’t quite believe i really made a whole quilt! it’s something i’ve always wanted to do but which seemed slightly unreasonable, something i could never actually pull off. but i did it!
my summer sampler is finished! quilted, bound and on my bed. pictures tomorrow when the sun is out!