A toad, giraffe, moth and an octopus!

When Tessuti Fabric released this Fossetti Fantasia Ponti fabric, I knew it had to be mine!  How can you not love something with a bird-headed giraffe, a toad dressed in Edwardian clothes and an octopus shooting pistols?

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I sped down to Tessuti a day or so later only to find that they had a remnant left, 60cm to be precise.  I bought it without question.  I can use 60cm, I just needed a strong idea and a simple pattern.

After weeks of deliberation, I decided to revert to an old favourite, the colour block dress from the Japanese pattern book Casual Sweet Clothes (the cover image.) It’s a favourite of mine because its shapeless and I love a shapeless dress, hides all sorts of horrors that lurk beneath.

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I was holding my breath as I laid out the bottom panel – I can’t believe it fitted!  I suppose that is the joys of being short.

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As I only had 60cm, I needed to complementary fabric. I chose the charcoal jersey ponti from Tessuti, I bought one metre, it worked perfectly.

So here it is in it’s whimsical glory.  It’s quite full on, but I am pleased that the grey is close to my face and not the pattern.  Not sure I would have been able to pull that off!

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Don’t you just love those pink shoes!!

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I decided to avoid the buttonhole at all costs. Just wasn’t sure how the ponti would hold a button, I thought it might stretch too much. I cheated! I stitched the button on top to hold the fabric closed. It fits over my head so it doesn’t need to be usable! I really like the shocking pink oversized button.

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It didn’t stop there!

I had just enough of both fabrics to make something else. It had to be a tee, quite tight fitting (eek) as I was short on fabric. I settled on the Lane Raglan Tee from Hey June. I had to make it short sleeved, working with what I had.  I am really pleased with the result (even if I had to do the neckline twice!)

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I still think that neckline should be flatter!

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Not bad for 60cm of whimsical loveliness don’t you think?

4 thoughts on “A toad, giraffe, moth and an octopus!”

  1. Kate – I’m becoming envious of your wonderful wardrobe! Love the dress, but so love that there was just enough to make that shirt….But wait there’s more!!! Clever clogs!

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  2. Utterly perfect! Love both pieces and agree with the faux buttonhole closure. I’m yet to find a Japanese top/dress pattern that truly needs an opening. Do we have small heads??!!

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