My husband and I have been married for almost a year! Our anniversary is coming up pretty quickly, and to commemorate such a wonderful occasion, I knew that I wanted to make a special dress. When I saw this breathtaking rose Dressmaking Fabric on Minerva Crafts, I had to have it. I knew it was absolutely perfect for my anniversary dress. I didn’t know exactly what pattern to use with it, but I wanted it! 

When I received my package in the mail, the fabric looked even more gorgeous in real life. I carefully washed and dried it before folding it up to save until I needed it. Have you ever had it happen where you purchase some fabric, over time you fall more and more in love with it, until, eventually, you are too scared to use it for fear of ruining it! I didn’t want to mess this dress up. I toyed with the idea of using a couple different patterns, and I even spent a good hour or two drafting a pattern only to realize that it would take far too much tweaking to get just right.

The whole time I had had a specific pattern in my head: the Colette Pastille dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook. I shied away from this pattern for one reason; I thought it was too simple. I knew that the Pastille was exactly what I wanted, but I was convinced I needed to make something complicated and elaborate. In the end, I decided to let the fabric speak for itself. Really, I should have trusted my instinct in the first place. Ah well, maybe next time!

I only used the bodice portion of the Pastille dress. To tell the truth, I don’t think I have ever actually used the skirt part of the pattern. Slim fitting skirts aren’t really my forte. I have made a couple, but the flared style will always be my true love. I sewed up a straight size 8 for the bodice and added a half circle skirt. 

Now, this might be a bit boring for some people, but, as I mentioned before, using a simpler pattern makes the fabric stand out. Those roses are the star of the show. If I had tried to add some special detailing, it most likely would have been lost in the print. I am contemplating adding a crochet trim around the bottom of the skirt, but that might have to wait a while. (When I say crochet trim, I mean actually crocheting lace with crochet thread and a teeny tiny crochet hook).

The fabric is a lovely crisp poplin without much drape to it. It worked perfectly for this fitted style bodice, and yet still looks amazing in the skirt. The 100% cotton will be nice and breathable for the upcoming hot summer days. I am quite thrilled with how this dress has come out. I can’t wait to wear it for my anniversary!

The last thing I wanted to talk about is the little rosette clip. I made the flowers using the Clover Rosette Maker. At first, I was rather confused and overwhelmed by it! It came with instructions, a hair pin, and two odd looking strips of reinforced fabric/paper. It would be almost impossible to explain how to use it without a video tutorial. . . But the two little strips of "paper" were used as the pattern for cutting out the fabric, and then folding it as you sew the rosette together. The hair pin was supposed to be used to roll up your flower at the end. (Hopefully that didn't make it sound more confusing!) After that first rosette, it made perfect sense and the next ones I stitched up were super simple. I then sewed all three onto a small circle of felt that was attached to an alligator or pin curl clip. 

Thank you for reading!

~Emily