Sunday, 20 August 2017

{Sewn} A Golden Bellbird Dress for Isabelle

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of sewing The Bellbird Dress by Below The Kowhai. A couple of months ago I sewed Sophie a size 1 using stunning Liberty of London fabric. This time I made a size 6 for Isabelle out another precious fabric, some mustard linen that I’d recently acquired from The Fabric Store. I’d bought this linen recently along with a blush pink and beautiful teal, with no particular project in mind (more like 100 possible projects), but it was on sale and it was beautiful, so it had to be mine!

Truth be told, although I intended sewing Isabelle a BellBird Dress eventually, this project wasn’t on my immediate ‘to sew’ list… but that all changed when I won a facebook competition for Isabelle to have her portrait taken by award winning and extremely talented photographer, Richard Wood. It was requested that she wear classic, almost old fashioned clothing, so rather than buy/ hire something I thought sewing this dress would fit the bill. The embroidery also added a nice touch I think.

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I finished the dress on Thursday and Isabelle had the photo shoot done on Friday night. She was a complete natural, quite excited about the whole experience and I really enjoyed spending the time with her, just the two of us. Richard did an amazing job capturing Isabelle and sent through this amazing photo yesterday… doesn’t it look like an oil painting?

(If you want to get a similar portrait done by Richard then you can get more information and book it here. )

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I’m really happy with how the dress turned out. It’s roomy enough to fit a merino underneath on a cold day and I think it should fit my petite girl for at least another year. The style is classic and timeless and the embroidery adds an almost heirloom quality to it.  I lined it with a scrap of light pink Swiss dot fabric, which I think works really well. … And the dress was given the ultimate seal of approval this morning when Isabelle decided to wear it to church. (I took the opportunity to snap a couple of photos by the lemon tree before we left.)

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So there we have it, I sewed a dress and managed to blog about straight away. I haven’t managed that in a while! Next on my sewing agenda is a Cosmo Dress (pattern designed by the talented Suz of Sewpony) because I’m part of the Cosmo Blog tour.

What’s on your sewing table/ to make list at the moment?

Jen x


2 comments:

Jenya @ While she was sleeping said...

Oh the dress turned out so beautiful! The embroidery definitely made it so special.

Jim Autos Thailand said...

Simply beautiful. Beauty is still in handmade embroidery, no machine can replace human aesthetic instinct.