I do like me a bird print fabric, no particular reason that I can think of, I am not a twitcher (or twitterer come to that, yet), I just like bird print fabric.
So… here are three dresses which when I saw them in their respective shops I had to have. The first one is a current season Cath Kidston which first came to my attention on Coopknits' blog. It’s the garden birds dress and gets a link because it’s still available. I tried on both colourways and decided that the charcoal looked better on me, although I’d gone shopping intending to buy the olive/khaki version. I love this print, and inspired by Dolly Clackett’s recent post about her mushroom dress I also bought some of the furnishing fabric – same print but a different background colour – although the birds are the same colours as on the rtw dress, just a bit larger. Not sure which pattern I’ll use for this, possibly a sleeveless Elisalex, definitely NOT anything with a gathered skirt as it will be too bulky round the waist. It may be months before I get around to making this up though.
|Cath Kidston garden birds dress|
Dress number two I got in White Stuff three or four years ago and it’s now a bit big on the chest as I’ve lost weight since then so I really should take it in a bit (it’s pinned at the back in the photo). Haven’t yet added it to my enormo pile of clothes which need altering though. I keep everything which needs altering or mending in a large blue Ikea bag next to my sewing area – thinking that if I can see it every time I sit down at the machine I might actually do some of it. This only works very occasionally unfortunately, I’d probably be better off blitzing it in two or three sessions. Anyway, I digress.
Skein Queen was wearing this dress at Unravel (she is on the left in the photo on Coopknits’ post, so we now have at least two dresses the same) and it was another case of see it, want it, buy it.
|White Stuff birds dress|
And the third one is a tea dress which I bought at Zegerman & Lusky in
this summer. It’s by Vanity Project and I love it. Unfortunately they don’t seem to do this style any more, but I have plans in my head to make something similar (actually probably several somethings similar) because it is such a flattering shape. I also love love LOVE the fabric and am very tempted to buy some and make another dress in a different style from it. London
|Vanity Project tea dress|
|Vanity Project tea dress back view|