Friday, 21 February 2014

From K - Kitty Dreams Dress

I named this dress after the fabric line, but honestly this dress could easily be be renamed Kitty Kelsey's Dreams Dress as it's everything my dreams are made of and more. A dress with a wonderful fit, an amazingly whimsical print AND said print has cats, balloons, mice and butterflies no less!

When Lizzy posted about her Catnap Dress Contest last month I literally stalked the internet for a local shop (or even a Canadian online shop) that had yardage. Turns out no one in Canada had received their shipments yet from what I could tell so I bit the bullet and ordered from Stash Modern Fabrics about 10 minutes after the contest was introduced.
I then proceeded to pace around my house impatiently with my house cat Joey for nearly three weeks while it made the maiden voyage up to Canada. After customs played with it for a while, they eventually passed it along my way and I frantically started cutting, serging and sewing this week - and gosh was it ever fun!

Lizzy wanted to see how we would wear our kitties on our sleeves, so I sported this to my very corporate job yesterday, styling it with a blazer and some killer stilettos to show you that kitties can have a place in the office, even amongst the all the suits.

It seemed fitting to also show you how I intend to wear this out and about on weekends since I see this quickly becoming a wardrobe staple. I paired it with a cute pair of suede booties but I see moccasins in my future with this dress too! 
Right from the beginning I knew this Kitty Dreams in Grass print was just begging for some lime green pockets and I love the extra detail it adds. I'm quite certain that it's a commonly known fact that fun linings make everything 100x better.

The shoulder flounce on this dress is the kind of detail that makes me swoon. Simple, subtle, not terribly flashy but still unique. I might just need to add flounces to ALL my future dress projects now that I know how easy they are to sew.

Dress Details:
  • Pattern: Simplicity 1877 by Leanne Marsh
  • Fabric: Catnap by Lizzy House
  • Thread: Gutermann in colour 792
I had such a great time making this dress and watching all of the other Catnap dresses pop up on IG (#catnapdresscontest and #catnapdress) and the contest Flickr page. This was exactly the type of selfish sewing I needed before getting back to sewing my gift list next week.

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday and Finish it up Friday.

17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Such a fun dress with beautiful details.

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  2. Super fun Kelsey! The print is just perfect for the dress, and i love the pocket lining! Great work!

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  3. Gorgeous. The dress is darling and fits so beautifully. Great job.

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  4. I've been looking at all the catnap entries over on flickr and just wanted to let you know your dress is my favourite! :)

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  5. That is really pretty...great detail and nice touches!

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  6. I didn't properly calculate how jealous I would feel as these dresses got posted! I love this so much, Kelsey--it is perfectly tailored and smartly styled. You look fantastic! *off to buy pattern so I can shamelessly copy you*

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  7. That looks awesome Kelsey! The print is so cute, and the fit is perfect.

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  8. LOVE this dress pattern! Beautiful job and details!

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  9. I am so impressed! I can't sew garments. this dress is fabulous- such a flattering shape!

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. This dress is amazing and looks fantastic on you!! Wear it well!!

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  11. I love this! You did a wonderful job on this dress...fit, fabric and fun!

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  12. I think that fabric was designed to be a dress for you - the color is gorgeous on you, especially with that pattern! Great job!!!

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  13. This is so darn awesome!! I was hoping to make a dress for the contest too, but I just didn't have the time (also my WIP is a mile long lol). Good luck with the contest!!!

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  14. Oh wow I love this dress! Great job with everything

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  15. Swoon! That dress is stunning, you are look amazing in it, and I especially love that you're rocking some cat fabric at your very corporate office! If I had any confidence in my garment sewing abilities I would be copying you super quick.

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