I had this iris and peony print cotton in my stash for a while before I decided what to do with it. I had been eying it at Grey’s and it went on sale I scooped up the remaining four yards. (It did seem like an excessive amount, but I loved it, and I was glad I had as much as I did because it allowed me to be really exact with my pattern matching.)
So, I washed it and set it aside waiting for the perfect pattern to show off its vibrant colors and large, lovely print, and there it stayed for about a year or more. Then, one fateful Wednesday, I went to sewing club and Katy was handling some hot pink piping. I froze, and with the most serious of serious expressions and tone, asked her where she had acquired it so I could get my mitts on some. She told me our friend Sarah gave it to her, and it was the extra from a Charlotte skirt she was making. So, I asked if she had a plan for it, and Katy replied she didn’t, and offered it to me – oh, the joy! It was the perfect color to compliment my beloved iris fabric! After that the rest of the plan came together effortlessly. The Belladone Dress from Deer and Doe was the natural pattern choice with its cute back cut-out and waistband allowing for the piping and a contrasting color to be incorporated.
I loved making this pattern, I am not sure I can say anything more than has already been said about it. It fits beautifully, goes together simply, and looks absolutely adorable on everyone I’ve seen it on. Plus, it has pockets, and who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? I was extra careful in matching up the pattern at the pocket because once my father (seriously, my father of all people!) gave me a hard time about not matching the print at the pockets of previous floral print dress I made.
2 yards Pink piping
hook and eye
iris print cotton fabric
eggplant purple cotton fabric