In Glorious Technicolour: The Liesl + Co Cinema Dress
The hills are alive with the sound of my Cinema Dress! Notice of this eagerly awaited new design from Liesl + Co popped into my inbox with perfect timing. I'd just returned from a holiday in Germany with a bundle of precious folk print floral cottons and was wondering what to make with them...
The Cinema Dress is the adult version of the Hide and Seek Dress for girls by Liesl's parent brand Oliver + S. The women's design is faithful to the Hide and Seek original but has narrower 3/4 length sleeves, shaping through the bust and is a much longer length. I'm pleased it has the same back button closure and pocket welts – lovely details.
I followed the sewing pattern instructions exactly but closed the V-notch neckline to make a plain curved shape as I thought it would better suit this gloriously busy fabric – there's enough going on here already. I also shortened the hem by a few inches as it's quite a long style of dress. I prefer skirts to land on or just below the knee, anything longer swamps me and hinders bicycling.
I love these three materials together. They're all soft organic cottons made by Soft Cactus and purchased from Handarbeitsstube in Traben-Trarbach, Germany. The buttons on the back of the dress get a special mention too. They're from Etsy super store Berry Nice Crafts, who have a fantastic range of colourful patterned wooden buttons at peppercorn prices. These arrived the very next day!
Dresses with yokes present so many fabric choice possibilities. I can imagine this frock in many different fabric combinations and don't doubt there'll be more Cinema dresses appearing in my wardrobe this season.