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Sewing for Me! (Yes, it is permitted)

In the Workroomcarla macklinComment

Shhhh.... don't tell Erin that I whipped up a dress for myself this week while drowning in the sea of work we face releasing our Autumn/Winter collection.  I assure you all that Clever Charlotte is VERY close to getting our four new patterns ready for sale, but I just HAD to make a dress for myself to keep my creative juices flowing. Despite our Clever Charlotte business and our focus on creating for others, deep down I really subscribe to the Selfish Seamstress' School of Selfish Sewing.  If you haven't come across Elaine and her rants, they are hilarious and certainly worth a read.

Peacock1
Peacock1

I received this fabric, Alexander Henry's Fulham Road Regent Peacock, as a gift from my mother, and it was calling to me from the corner of my sewing studio until I took scissors to it the other day.  I pulled the pattern from my drawer of personal designs, though if you were to recreate it, I'm sure you could find a suitable princess-line substitute in one of the major pattern companies.  This pattern has a rather revealing "V" neckline that worked wonders for my figure while I was nursing my kids, but looks a little silly in my current state so I decided to embellish the neckline with little cutouts of the peacock feathers to make it less revealing.

peacock2
peacock2

I had in mind drafting a short sleeve for the dress, but in the interest of time I just stuck on some layers of fabric to give the dress a cap-sleeve/epaulet look.

peacock3
peacock3

And now... back to Charlotte...Happy Sewing! ~ Carla