fabric · Sewing

Fibers to Fabric/ Honeycomb Dress

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I am so excited to share this dress with you! How beautiful is this fabric?! It’s from Fibers to Fabric and is so special because it was hand block printed in India! Fibers to Fabric is located in India where all their fabrics are made. When Vishruti reached out to me and kindly offered to send me something, I was over the moon! There were so many beautiful fabrics I loved. I honestly had a really hard time choosing so I narrowed it down to three and let Michael pick!

I’d say he made a good choice! (although I’m sure he couldn’t have made a bad one) The color is a lovely golden yellow and is so cheerful! I of course love the cute little flowers all over it. They look like daisies to me and daisies are my favorite. This fabric is a lightweight cotton and worked beautifully for the Cocowawa Honeycomb pattern. I know this dress is going to be so perfect to wear during the warmer months.

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As far as the pattern, this was my second time sewing a Cocowawa pattern. The first was my test of the Maple dress and I was able to choose a pattern in exchange for doing that. I’ve seen so many Honeycombs on Instagram, I’m glad I was finally able to make one! It was a pretty easy sew. I decided to add ruffles into the princess seams. Ana has a tutorial for it here. I made my size according to the size chart but I feel like it’s a little large under my arms. I usually have the opposite problem! If I make another sleeveless one, I will definitely cut the underarms higher. Besides that, I really love the design! The ties on the sides are such a cute feature.

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Can we take a moment to appreciate the pattern matching on my button plackets? I had to cut one of the bodice pieces three times to get it right but I’m glad I took the time to do it! I also had some pattern matching on the back collar and yoke but that was a wonderful coincidence!

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I really love the finished dress. I’m still waiting for warm weather. I know I’ll be wearing this a lot once it comes. This cotton was lovely to sew with and it’s even lovelier to wear. If you’re looking for some beautiful, handmade fabrics- you’ll definitely want to check out Fibers to Fabric. I still have my eye on their Ikats like this one! I think they’d work perfectly for a Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress.

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Sewing

Cocowawa Maple Dress

Hello! I recently pattern tested CocoWawa’s newest pattern- the Maple Dress! It’s a double breasted collared dress with three different sleeve choices, 2 lengths and optional piping/ruffles! And of course the best part- pockets! It can be sewn in many different fabrics so it can be made and worn the whole year.  

I made the 3/4 sleeve option. I was between two sizes so I sized down because I preferred it to be a little more fitted. I picked a blue and white seersucker that I found at Joann’s. I thought this would be perfect for the spring and summer time. I can picture throwing it on with some sandals and walking the boardwalk! I didn’t make the short sleeve because I thought it would be nice to be able to cover up my arms a little. I’m so pale so keeping the sun off me is important! 

I also found these heart buttons at Joann’s and didn’t hesitate to get them. I like the playful touch it gives to the dress. I do wish I had moved the button holes over though because these buttons are pretty large and don’t fit as well on the facing as they could, causing a slight pucker. 

This dress was a pretty quick sew. The collar was the trickiest part but totally do-able! Ana has made a video tutorial to help! I strongly suggest you give it a go if you are hesitant about sewing a tailored collar.

There are so many lovely versions of this dress. I definitely want to make another Maple, in a fabric with more drape and add the ruffle! The Maple dress is available as a PDF and printed pattern.