Ikat Hearts and Bluebonnet Fields

Last spring I was told how beautiful Texas was in springtime and that flowers would be blooming all over.  I saw a few, but I wasn’t really all that impressed.  Well, this year, the bluebonnets and other wild flowers are truly in full bloom.  Whether I’m just getting out and about more, or the flowers are putting on a better show this year, I don’t know, but I set out to photograph my new dress in a field of bluebonnets.  It seemed like the Texan thing to do.

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After scouting a location, driving there and dragging along my husband to play photographer, you can imagine my great disappointment when the camera battery died just as I finished snapping a few test photos.  It has an amazing battery that lasts forever, and as a result I hardly ever charge it.  Whoops.  Didn’t even think about it, but it’s surely been quite some time since it was charged.  So much for capturing the flowers in great detail; iPhone to the rescue.
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This dress is Simplicity 2147.  I had two yards of this cotton ikat fabric (only 45″ wide), and I searched high and low for a dress pattern that would work with it.  To help conserve fabric, I paired it with a chambray (cotton/linen, I think) for the yoke.

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I cut out a size 16 and then recut the yoke in a 14 when I confirmed that the shoulders were too wide for me.  I also pinched out a half inch at the center back neck line on the yoke to get a better fit.  It lies flat now, and the fit is comfortable.  The dress is gathered into the yoke instead of pleated, and I also added some width to the lower portion of the dress, so it’s a bit more roomy and swingy than the original pattern design.

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My husband confirmed my suspicions that this dress is a total “moo-moo” style, and I’m gonna be wearing it belted until it gets so hot that I no longer care what I look like.
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The ikat fabric looks like sketchy little hearts.  It is light and flowy; the weave is a little on the loose side, feeling almost like linen.  I was determined it would be a summer dress, and I’m pleased with the outcome.  The pattern is an easy make with no closures and a loose fit.  I did line the yoke to get a clean finish; the pattern directions use bias tape to finish the armholes and neckline, and the bottom edge of the yoke is overlocked.  I don’t think lining the yoke took any more effort, and to me it looks and feels so much better.  Oh!  Almost forgot, I also added at least 4″ in length.  The dress is called a “mini,” and I think the original hem length would have been mid-thigh on me; not my style.

Well, these aren’t quite the photos I imagined, but at least I managed a blog post!  Here are a couple more of the “family” for your enjoyment.
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20 comments

    1. Yay for rain!! I think it’s gonna take me a few more years to recognize “normal” weather patterns here. But I really enjoy the thunderstorms, especially in summer when I can sit on the patio and watch.

  1. Ooh!! Lucky you to live so close to a bluebonnet field! I think the dress is absolutely lovely, and definitely the kind of thing that will be nice to have as summer starts to kick in.

  2. Aww beautiful photos! I have this same pattern but I haven’t sewn it yet. Your version looks adorable and I love the fabric! It definitely does not look like a MuuMuu on you ;)

  3. Wow! Those flowers! I love the dress and it doesn’t read as a muumuu at all (and really, I’m an expert on them… I observed quite the amazing floral muumuu on my neighbor just today!). PS your dog is so cute. :)

  4. Your photos look gorgeous and so does your dress! I don’t see the muumuu at all! I hate when batteries die, but hooray for iPhones – what ever did we do without them? Love seeing your puppy in your photos too!

  5. Nice ikat! =) I really love the chambray yoke–very cool, and what a great save for the fit in the shoulders! This looks like a great summer dress that will look pretty and feel comfortable all at once. And hooray for a Lucy cameo!!

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