We're so pleased to bring you Emily's second project for WhiteTree fabrics. She's made the most perfect, cool Summer dress from Tilda Cotton print Light Sun. We can't think of a better fabric for Sunny days!

M is for Marie, M is for May.

 
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When I opened my latest White Tree Fabrics parcel and saw the yellow Tilda cotton I'd asked for staring back at me, the summery styles in my République du Chiffon book 'Un été couture' sprang to mind straight away. I'd originally planned to make a halter-neck style with the Tilda (like in my previous post) but I decided to change my plans!

This is my second make for White Tree fabrics as part of their blog team and I'm really happy with it!

Tilda cotton has a nice drape and is softer than your average quilting cotton, yet it retains a satisfying stiffness which makes it fun to sew with. I hope my photos do justice to the fabric. Perhaps this fabric would look great on someone with less pale legs - I'm so pasty I kind of blend into the fabric! But I like it so I don't care! :)

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I decided to make the 'Marie' dress from the book. In terms of fit I actually recreated the pattern based on my basic block instead of carrying out flat pattern adjustments to one of the sizes on offer. I did this because I couldn't decide which size to go for so I thought that recreating the pattern pieces from my block would be more accurate. It's also fun to work out how the pieces were drafted.

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There is a bit too much fullness in the bodice but I think this is because of a mistake I made after moving the darts around. So if I make this dress again I'll try to sort that. I'd also like to try this bodice with a circle skirt as opposed to a gathered skirt. 

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I really like the shoulder detailing of this pattern.

But I left out the buttons and the peplum from the original pattern.

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Pictures were taken in front of my new (old) wardrobe which I love and will probably be a regular background for photos from now on :)