The Marrakech Dress Pattern talked about in this post can be found HERE and is on sale for two weeks!
I was so excited to be part of STYLO this year and felt awful that the Launch happened the day before the first Project Sewn outfit. I feel like it wasn’t given its deserved attention. The second edition of this online magazine was just fabulous! Some of my favorites were Anneliese of the Asthetic Nest‘s darling Big Blue collection.
I absolutely adore the romper Cailia made for her cutie
And every single edition I want to print out Joya’s water colors and put them on my wall they are so gorgeous!
I was actually a super huge stress case about mine. I knew I would be heading to Morocco with the Nichole to so a photoshoot for my outfit but I was literally paralyzed when it came to WHAT to actually sew. Part of me was pulling in a fun crisp white shorts with a neon tassle trimmed shirt direction but then the other part of me wanted to really stand out and do something over the top. Something that would completely juxtapose with the background. Finally one night I was looking at a friends photography site and there was a bride with the most gorgeous dress. It was tier after tier after tier of soft flowy tulle. I LOVED it. I knew right then that is what I wanted to bottom of the dress to look like.
I knew if I gathered the tulle it would make her look like a giant cupcake or something. I wanted it to lay nice and flat not add a ton of bulk. I decided to make a longggggg circle skirt pattern using Evie’s measurements. Then for each tier I cut off an inch from the bottom of the pattern. This way when they were all stacked there wasn’t tons of bulk at the waist. Let me tell you it took sooooo much tulle to do this and forever to cut out. I ended up pinning four layers at a time together so that they would stay in order.
I used that main long circle skirt pattern for the lining of the dress. Which I suggest using a very light (acetate) lining if you can. My original one was a bit bulky. Once the bottom was done I needed the top. I loved the fit of the Tuileries dress so I thought I could over haul the top of that pattern but keep the same fitted nature. I had seen a gorgeous dress in one of the shop windows of the Champs Elysee that had this pleated neckline and just swooned. I thought it would be perfect paired with a lower neckline in the back.
I wanted something to be a little rough around the edges like Marrakech so I left the tie around her waist raw on the edges. In subsequent dresses I have finished the belt and think I prefer it that way. But it helped add the the drama of the shoot a bit.
Evie was SUCH a great little model. I had prepped her before we left that she was going to be sitting on a camel. But through a series of crazy events we ended up having to stay closer to where we were staying then we had initially planned. So when we lifted her up onto the cart of random items I thought she would be totally freaking out but she did great!
We were quiet the spectical. Luckily everyone was super nice and if they stopped it was only to compliment her or point her out to their children. I knew this dress had to also be available in a more “approachable” version. For this the top is the same but the bottom is nice and simple. I still think my favorite version’s are the ones made from Monoprix tea towels.
We actually had a good laugh the other night because I had wrapped a bunch of warm bread up in one of the extra whale tea towels and Chloe was soooooo upset thinking I had used her dress ha! We had to take her to her room and prove to her we hadn’t!
I am actually going to try making one out of jersey fabric this weekend so I will let you know how that goes. It has gotten HOT HOT HOT here (very suddenly) and I wanted them to have some super comfy dresses since air conditioning is close to nonexistent here. If you haven’t had a chance to see the latest edition of STYLO I promise you will love it and find lots of fun inspiration! If you want to try your hand at the Marrakech dress you can purchase it HERE (you receive both the formal and less formal version)