However this beautiful barkcloth gets a massive thumbs up from me! I squealed when it popped up on Elephant In My Handbag's instagram feed (which you can now shop here btw) The colour palette is perfect for me plus I can wear it with my favourite yellow shoes and also my new yellow coat. Though not all at the same time, that would be too much yellow even for an over co-ordinator like me. I also have some of this print waiting patiently in my stash, barkcloth is not widely available so I am going to save it and wait a little while before I make that one. The barkcloth is 140cm wide so I got two metres to play with, I made the sleeves a little shorter so I could still squeeze out my self drafted facings and for some reason I cut the skirt the same length but then decided to hem it shorter than usual. Didn't think that one through did I?! For the next dress I will cut the skirt a little shorter and keep the sleeves their usual length as I prefer them that inch longer. Must be standing a bit funny as one of the sleeves looks slightly shorter than the other in the photos but they are the same length, I've measured them! The barkcloth has a lovely handle and drape and is a pleasure to wear, I do love a fabric that doesn't crush when sat on.
This is the first dress I have shared since I started using the actual skirt pattern pieces from the Emery dress, I was previously just using two rectangles of fabric for the skirt. I liked how full this made the skirt and liked that it helped disguise my hips/tummy area but now I have debulked (lovely expression!) I wanted to remove some of the bulk from the skirt too. I really like the finished look and am going to carry on using the full dress pattern going forward. I have some lovely crepe I haven't quite decided what to do with so may even stop being lazy and add a pleated skirt. How adventurous!! haha.
Shoes: Clarks x Orla Kiely