Window Dressing: Harriet's Curtains - Stylish Dress Book, Y

Stylish Dress Book - dress Y

Harriet is a friend with an eye for print and pattern. We share an enthusiasm for novelty fabrics (see the Garden Gnome Party Dress I made for her daughter) and I was delighted when she kindly gave me the offcuts of the fabulous Antique Seeds cotton she made her wondrous new kitchen curtains from – to use as I wished.

Antique Seeds by Blue Hill Fabrics
Harriet's kitchen curtains in Antique Seeds by Blue Hill Fabrics

There was just enough material to make some panels and trim for a dress, so once again I returned to a sewing pattern that's a staple of my summer wardrobe - Dress Y from the first volume of The Stylish Dress Book.  A quick rummage through my wardrobe tells me I've made 7 of these dresses to date but hadn't sewn a new one this year... The Antique Seeds print went really well with a ditzy multi-coloured floral cotton bought at Worthing's Wednesday Market. I used Harriet's curtain fabric to make the bodice front side and back panels, and a matching border along the hem. I added pockets to the side seams - an essential improvement to this great dress design.

Stylish Dress Book Wear With Freedom: dress Y
Harriet's kitchen curtains

I'm ever so happy with the end result - it's the perfect attire for picking ripe pears in Harriet's garden.

Harriet's lovely pear tree
Medieval sleeve, SDB dress Y