Lately I have really been getting back into sewing. I am the kind of person who has to immerse herself into something in order to motivate myself do it. I have been watching a lot of You Tube channels on sewing to get motivated. One of my new favorites is Rosery Apparel. After watching a number of her videos, I decided to buy the Rosa Dress and Daisy Dress. This is the finished Daisy Dress. @Roseryapparel
I did a few adjustments, such as a FBA and Forward neck adjustment. It is also shorter than the intended length.
Also, this fabric is my new favorite. I happened to be in Paso Robles a few weeks ago and found Birch Street Fabrics. They have a great selection of organic cotton and Rayon. They have a few other fabrics as well. The ladies that work there were very helpful and friendly. I was surprised to find out that this is the same business as Fabricworm.com. I love the feel of this cotton. It is a poplin, and although a little heavier than lawn, it has the same finish. It has enough body that you could make a more structured garment (shirt, dress, shorts) but enough drape that it handles gathers.
Our local JoAnns has a terrible supply of buttons right now, so I've started haunting Etsy and other websites looking for unique buttons. These are simple, but beautiful wooden buttons that I found on Etsy. I am very pleased with them and I think they work perfectly with this dress.
I did do a FBA on this dress, but using the smaller size as a starting point made the armholes too tight. Next time I will cut the armholes in a little bit and lower them. In fact, I am seriously considering taking the sleeves off and re-cutting the armholes.
One thing I love about this dress is that it has Pockets!
I did not have enough fabric to make this dress. The pattern calls for 4-3/8 of 45" fabric and I only had 3 yards. I Made it work by shortening the skirt about 8", cutting the sleeve about 1" less full, and cutting the front facing out of another fabric.
The daisy dress has 3 sleeve options. An elastic bottom puff sleeve, a shirred puffed sleeve, and sleeveless. I decided to try the shirred option. My sewing machine does not work well with shirring, so I have an OLD Pfaff that I use. I have an extra bobbin casing that I have adjusted to work with shirring. ( i marked that case with fingernail polish so that I won't accidentally try to use it for regular sewing.). The shirring still didn't look like I gathered it up enough, but once you put some heat and steam on it, it shrink s right up.
All in all, I love this dress. I am hoping to make the sleeveless version soon.