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 with black wooden buttons, thin straps and an additional patchwork hem frill in purple silk and multi-toned silk patchwork and frill. Making details below.
Pink-purple silk, purple-black printed taffeta and rose print on black leggings are the fabric inspirations to go with the frivolous wool tops. Available in shop
Ends of cerise pink scarf (cut in two for 2 dresses): edges are folded over twice and sewn down by hand with with pink thread or pink wool. Black wooden engraved Chinese buttons utilize holes already in the acrylic wool. It is necessary to stretch the destined 'hole' and use a few stitches to secure 'open' top and bottom, so it identifies easily as the buttonhole.
Cherry Fluzzie A
Longer version with toning cerise pink buttons and wider shoulder straps.
Pink-purple silk, purple/black printed taffeta, and rose print on black
leggings are the fabric inspirations to go with the frivolous wool tops.
Zig-zag machining holds down inside seams. Available in Shop
Cherry Fluzzie B Making Garment:
Patch pieces joined into a semi circle. Outer sides will will become front. Different length patches were used due to material shortage.
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. Make 'A' shaped patches until required size is reached. This section is wider than needed to gather onto woollen top. 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
Leggings cut into 8 patches, use 4 or 8 per dress. (2 short upper, 2 longer lower in skirt section). Thigh shapes, turned upside down make good patches to use as templates which when added to create a flared shape.
Front side patchworks pinned to check colour placements. Silk fabric behind crimson lace patches.
Inside seams: Join short patches to long patches forming strips. Press seams up or down alternately to reduce bulk at seam crossroads. Pin vertical patch strips. Machine, and likewise press alternate sides to avoid bulk on all corners.
Patchworks machined - skirt section. Joining patchwork skirt to stretch wool top using large hand stitches: cross-stitch done as back-stitch. See 'Love Never Dies' patchwork dress for more accurate close up instructions of stretch stitch.