I’ve forgotten exactly how Melinda and I designed this dress; I know it was during an after-dinner creative brainstorming session, but beyond that, all the specifics have escaped me. What I do know, however, is that once designed, I couldn’t get this dress out of my head—it was going to be a winner, and I knew it!
Originally, I thought it would be delightful to make it up in a pale blue wool. Why pale blue? I don’t know. I probably would have done it, too, except that I couldn’t find any blue wool at all at the fabric store! But when I got to the corduroy section, I almost immediately fell in love with this beautiful, blue-green fabric with a tiny, doll-sized wale.
It’s a very soft fabric, with nice body and an intriguing smell (yes, fabric really does smell sometimes!) This particular fabric has a gentle, pleasantly smoky undertone; Melinda thinks it’s the dye because the scent got stronger when we prewashed it and the fabric was wet! The scent has faded quite a bit now—you probably wouldn’t notice it unless you put your nose in the dress and sniffed, hard…
Melinda and I found some nice unbleached muslin for the lining (it’s very soft, and matches the corduroy in theme and weight). For the drapey bow down the front, we used seam binding—it has fantastic texture, and the color was great.
For the photoshoot, Lisette and I did most of the modelling; but at one point, we got Samantha and Kirsten in on the act and just started playing school. It was loads of fun, and the photos turned out really well! If you get a chance to own & wear this dress, I hope you have as much fun with it as we did!