A few months ago, Annelies from the new Belgian brand Finch Fabrics asked me if I would be interested in making something in one of their fabrics. It was a few days after I saw this stunning sweater over at Paspelpoezen, so I was quick to say yes! Picking just one fabric was hard, but – predictability alert! – I fell in love most with the mint fabric with the pink cherry blossoms.
My first idea was to make a sweater for Norah, but as the months went by (the fabric was released only a good week ago), a Summer dress seemed more in order. I made my first knit dress around a year ago, and it wasn’t a success: it wasn’t wide enough at the bottom, so it looked too much like a tube. For the new dress, I traced around the failed dress, adding width at the bottom and lengthening the dress. I also added a little tunnel on the inside, in which I inserted an elastic.
My plan was to add cap sleeves too, but – I’m predictable in so many ways – of course I forgot. I really regret that, because it would have looked much prettier and more stylish with cap sleeves. Not that Norah cared. She calls it “her favorite dress ever”, “in which I feel like a princess”. Not bad for a dress which took about 1.5 to make.
I really enjoyed working with this fabric. It’s not too thin (nor too thick), it as a good stretch, a soft hand, and a sharp print.
I look forward to sewing more with Finch Fabrics in the future. These are my favorite prints (the bottom right one has not yet released):
Thank you, Annelies, for sending me this gorgeous fabric!