Two similar patchwork dresses inspired by using two halves of a bright cerise pink acrylic wool scarf with stretchy structure for bust fit. Purple silk, taffeta, and lace combine with a legging print to create an exciting party colour combination.
Cherry Fluzzie B
Shorter version here shows silk purple and multi-toned silk patchwork and frill. Purple and black print is taffeta. Black/white rose print is neoprene-like dance legging fabric.
Black leggings with pink rose print and purple silk dress fabric were the inspirations to go with the tops. Other colours are included for the patchwork ‘mix’.
Skirt sections are attached to woolly top with stretch stitch by hand.
Ends of scarf (cut in two for each dress): edges are folded over twice and sewn down by hand with with pink thread or pink wool. Black engraved Chinese buttons utilize holes already in the acrylic wool. It is necessary to stretch the destined 'hole' and maybe use a few stitches to secure it 'open' top and bottom, so it identifies as the buttonhole.
Shorter version with black wooden buttons, thin straps and an additional
patchwork hem frill.
Cherry Fluzzie A
Longer version has toning cerise pink buttons, wider straps and longer
patches in the skirt.
Patches include a lace used over some of the lilac silk. Back right side view showing inspiring floral print on neoprene type fabric black leggings. Available in Shop
Making garment: Cherry Fluzzie B
Patch pieces joined into a semi circle. Outer sides will will become front.
By cutting patch shapes into A shapes, with straight top and bottom edges, they build up into a semi circle. Patchwork semi-circle folded in two, back view. When top curve becomes the waistline, gathered in, good folds hang in skirt. Bottom frill pinned to dress hem, before zig-zagging on. Frill hem will also be zig-zagged. Frill hem pinned, tack gathered, prior to zig-zagging.
Making garment: Cherry Fluzzie A
Leggins cut into 8 patch pieces. Horizontal patch seams machined. Press seams up or down alternately to reduce bulk at seam crossroads. Patches pined as vertical strips. Front side patchworks pinned to check colour placements.
Patchworks machined, garment left side. Patchworks machined, garment right side. Joining patchwork skirt to stretch wool top using large zig-zag stitches by hand.