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Some birds are not meant to be caged…

…they are meant to be on dresses!

When I was in the third grade I did a project about hummingbirds and ever since I’ve loved these tiny little birds who flap at super speed! When I saw the Rae skirt kit by Sewaholic I knew I needed that fabric. Even though the skirt pattern was nearly identical to one I already have, I was ordering it, nothing was going to stand between me and those hummingbirds, morning glories and assorted fabulous leaves and berries.

Alas, like so often happens, by the time I went to order the kit it was sold out. When Caroline from Sewaholic announced she had opened an online fabric store I took a look and there it was (it’s no longer available but she has other great cottons available)! I ordered 3 meters because I really wanted it for a dress but didn’t have a pattern in mind.

photo (61)Now, I give you the dress I made for my best friends bridal shower. This is the By Hand London Elisalex bodice with a self drafted gathered skirt. Since its fall in New England I was going to make sleeves for this dress but of my four Elisalex bodices the two without sleeves get the most wear so I decided to stick with it. Since there are so many different colors in the fabric I can easily wear just about any of my cardigans so who needs sleeves anyway?


I finished the armholes and neck with green bias binding, I also finished all of the seams with it and used it for the hem. I used a darker green invisible zipper and it is perfect! I think I’m finally getting the hang of its insertion. Its completely invisible, matches at the waist and goes up and down with
absolutely zero resistance.


The site of the shower was a historic restaurant in Lowell, right near the old fabric mills (which I recently visited, post coming soon), with beautiful natural light light and hardwood floors. I’m not usually one for taking selfies but I loved the floors and the light so much that I had to take one!

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Seriously, the light and the floors were so fab! The gapping neckline is an allusion from the way I was holding the camera, this dress fits perfectly.



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