A few weeks ago, when the very lovely Suz and I were emailing back and forth about her “When We Were Young” series, she asked if I’d like to test her upcoming Debbie Birthday Dress digital pattern, which was inspired by this sweet book. The answer was a swift yes, of course, and I’ll show you my first DBD in a little bit. For now, I want to talk about this color-blocked wonder that K designed. She calls it the “Rainbow Dress”, and I love it.
I created the stripes from left over linen and linen blends from various other K outfits, and used Suz’s Debbie Birthday Dress (view 2) as a base pattern. That’s another one of my rules for this challenge: no new fabrics. I think it’s a decent reproduction of K’s sketch, yes?
She was very specific, as always, about the colors: banana yellow, light sky blue, dark blue, orange-y red, repeat. With the A-line shape, it has a retro and sort of mod vibe, and this dress makes me very happy. Alright, so the stripes aren’t totally straight and even and per usual, I wasn’t able to perfectly line up the stripes on the side, but I got the back panels to match up with razor sharp precision, so that’s something.
Normally, view 2 comes with a sweet little peter pan collar and I’ll definitely be making that version soon. I have to be honest, K’s reaction to the dress was lukewarm at best. She said that I didn’t get the colors right (the yellow is too bright), and she didn’t hug the dress like she did with the cat one. That’s okay, we can’t win them all, and I love the dress enough for both of us.
Which brings us to the original Debbie Birthday Dress I made. It’s not a re-interpretation of K’s design per se since I made this dress first, but this look is very much me with a vintage touch. This is view 1 of the pattern:
Charming, don’t you think? This is a mustard linen blend that I’ve been hoarding for who knows how long, and the lace is true vintage from my mom. I’ll talk more about the pattern later when it’s officially launched, but I wanted to give you a little taste of the fantastic pattern Suz has developed. It’s easy, it’s delightful and extremely customizable. And she’s doing a pre-release giveaway! Hurry yourselves on over to enter!
I think my favorite part of the dress is the button, though I am quite pleased with all of it and the polka dot lining is awesome (forgot to get a picture). The button, though, is carved wood with lace-like etchings and it complements the lace on the front in a subtle way. I like textured buttons.
How’s your KCW sewing going if you’re participating? I think I might be reaching my limit for this week. There are three more K sketches, but I have a house guest for whom to prepare, a terribly neglected to-do list and some self-sewing to do. And with that color-blocked dress, I’ve already used up quite a few of my allocated daily hour (stitching the stripes together and trying to make them straight took a lot longer than expected). Plus, it’s summer! Time to enjoy the best time of year in Seattle! Anyway, I leave you with this: