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