Monday, May 18, 2015

Lillestoff contest output part 1: Waterfall dress

Two weeks ago Lillestoff organized a competition. Everyone was asked to send in their sewing ideas for the two fabrics: Sterntaler Kimbi and Kidsface. I wrote that I would make a waterfall woman's shirt, a skirt for my daughter and a hoodie for my son, and I won! I was over the moon, although my fabric stash is filled with Lillestoff, I didn't own these two yet and not much beats free organic fabric. When my package arrived last Wednesday I was even more ecstatic because besides the 3 meter that was announced I also received 1.5 meter matching fabrics.


The abundance of fabric made me want to sew even more than I had planned. Part of the contest rules was to post about your creations between the 18th and 31st of May. Therefore, this post if the first of a series.


Today I start with my waterfall plans. With one and a half meter I decided to make a waterfall dress. After I made a few dresses last year I somehow never made more. I love wearing them but I I gained some weight instead of loosing it and this demotivates my selfish sewing.This fabric gift finally was the last push I needed to start sewing for myself again.


I looked through all my Ottobres and found a waterfall shirt and dress in Ottobre 2/2009. My measurements didn't fall in the same size and I decided to do a full bust adjustment. Even thought knit is very forgiving when it comes to sizes, and especially Lillestoff with its great recovery, I wanted to challenge myself to be better. In the fall I did a full bust adjustment on a jersey dress with princess seams which was much more complicated than I had to do for this dress. This pattern already had darts so I only had to make them a bit wider.


The dress has a six pieced skirt, which calls for a lot of fabric if you can not use the fabric upside down. The Sterntaler has small smiling suns, I considered using them upside down but I decided against it. This meant that there was no way I could cut it out of my fabric, I really tried. But when I made the dress just above the knee it worked out fine.


I really like the shape of the dress it really hugs my body the right way, although it doesn't hide my post pregnancies belly (I think I saw my neighbour even looking at it yesterday thinking I might expect a fifth) it shows that I have curves. The darts have to be moved a bit to the middle to actually be on the place where they should, but I am still very satisfied and I think I will use this pattern again.


The nice heavy structure of Lillestoffs jersey makes the waterfall less pronounced than if I would have used a light weight drapey fabric. I finished the dress with a yellow/gold double needle top stitching.


I made pictures with a tripod (to avoid sighs from my husband when I again am not satisfied with my pose). I really needed quite some distance between me and the camera and put the tripod just behind a small wall separating our driveway from the pavement. I actually had to take a small run to reach the timer, but also increased the chance of being alone in the picture. I had a small photo bomber which was running with me and fortunately didn't reach my leg before the end of the ten shots, but she was there when I was choosing the right setting and I just love the picture


  I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). 

20 comments:

  1. Wat leuk dat je die stof gewonnen hebt! Ik heb het volgens mij wel op facebook voorbij zien komen. Ik ben benieuwd naar jouw andere maaksels. De jurk is leuk geworden.

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    1. Lillestoff vermelde dat ze dit vaker gaan doen, ik denk dat er heel veel zijn die graag een paar meter Lillestoff krijgen.

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  2. Proficiat he! Ik kijk al uit naar de rest van de reeks!

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    1. Dank je, met twee weken komt alles voorbij :)

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  3. I was tempted to take part in the contest, too, but just didn't have the time. So happy for you that you got to koin. Your dress is really pretty..

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    1. I was so surprised I actually won, now I feel double lucky because it pushed me back into making stuff for myself.

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  4. Lucky you!! That fabric is adorable and the dress fits great :) my husband is a photographer and he is the WORST at taking pictures of me for the blog, lol! Having the kids there makes it challenging but fun!

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    1. Good to hear other have similar experiences, my tripod never complains ;)

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  5. Jij had meer geluk dan mij! :-) Je maakte er een prachtige jurk van!

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    1. Dank je en ik zal voor je duimen voor de volgende keer!

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  6. Kan mij voorstellen dat je erg blij was, wat een leuke stofjes. De jurk staat je erg mooi, prachtige stof ook! Ben benieuwd naar je volgende selfish sewing.
    Zo schattig die spontane foto met de foto bomb ; )

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    1. Ik blijf glimlachen om die laatste foto :)

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  7. Mooie jurk, en leuke stofjes die je gewonnen hebt!

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    1. Heel fijn dat ik nu weer een patroontje heb waarvan ik weer dat het goed zit.

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  8. What acute fabric, and I love how you made it into a beautiful woman's dress! Adorable fabrics are not just for the kids!

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    1. Indeed, I just bought an extremely cute one, curious if I will able to pull that one of as wel ;)

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  9. I am glad the fabric gave you motivation to sew for yourself again. The dress looks super comfy!

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  10. Lovely fabric, and a lovely dress. The fit is just wonderful!

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    1. Fit is great indeed, always so nice if I use my mathematical skills and get a good result!

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