This blog post is very kindly sponsored by Spoonflower. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever owned a piece of fabric so gorgeous that you couldn’t decide what to turn it into? Well, this happened to me with this watermelon print fabric from Spoonflower. It honestly took me over two weeks to make up my mind and three times I laid it on my table, ready to cut out and then regretted it.
You see, my initial plan was to make a full circle skirt with it. But what could I pair it with to do it justice? A dress would be so much better, I was thinking. But what dress? Because I also wanted something without too many seams in order to not interrupt the print very much.
I had a list of 9 patterns that were my top contenders for this fabric and still, no decision could be made.
On the top of the list was the Doris dress by Sew Over It and the Jessica dress by Mimi G Style. Having made another Doris a few years ago, I knew it was going to fit me. But there was a feeling in my heart that the fabric wouldn’t be just right for a vintage style dress. The Jessica dress, on the other hand, was appearing ALL.THE.TIME on my Instagram feed. It seemed like everyone was making it! And although I wasn’t very keen on it when it first was released, I kind of started to like it after seeing it on so many different women.
Saying all that, sometimes fate takes the wheel and decides for you. Because as I was trying to make up my mind, I stumbled across this image on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I hadn’t saved the source so I can’t credit the maker, but it was everything I was dreaming of for my watermelon fabric. It was essentially a Jessica dress, just in a different colorway.
My creative block was gone within seconds and I printed out the pattern in the speed of light. I cut out everything in one afternoon and couldn’t wait to start sewing.
Man, I had forgotten the joy of working with a cotton fabric. It always does what you tell it to do, it presses wonderfully, it causes you no headaches. The absolute dream! I whipped up my dress in just a few hours and what I can say is that it looks far more complicated than it actually is.
The most time-consuming part of the whole process was choosing my size. Having a large bust and working with a pattern that was drafted with very minimum ease, I was a bit scared that I might have to make an FBA. I was also between two sizes, which baffled me even more. But after reading some reviews online, I decided to go for the larger size and take it in if it ended up too big.
As soon as I finished the bodice, I tried it it on and the only adjustment I needed to make was take it in by an extra 1m5 cm (5/8”) at the side seams. I also shortened the straps a little bit but other than that, the fit was spot on! I was AMAZED!
For my 10 buttons, I used fabric covered ones made from the same fabric. I really love the way they hide in the busy print, but I think I need to add a couple more for my dress to be a bit more modest.
I already wore my Jessica dress twice and I adore the way it looks on me. It’s girly and feminine at the same time, it’s playful and makes the perfect statement outfit! The colors are right up my alley, too! What more can I ask for?
I can see many more Jessica dresses in my future and the only thing I will change next time is draft wider scraps. Although I like the spaghetti straps of the pattern, they are not wide enough to cover my bra straps. Unfortunately, the size of my bust does not allow me to wear strapless bras (or at least I don’t like the support that a strapless bra offers) so I’ll have to work around this issue.
Overall, I’m pretty chuffed with my new dress! The pattern was a pleasure to work with and the fabric was a fantastic choice. The Cotton Sateen Ultra from Spoonflower was the ideal fabric for a summer dress as it has the right amount of weight for both skirts, dresses and tops. I was a bit scared that it was going to be very shiny due to the name “Sateen” but it doesn’t have any sheen to it. I’d say it looks more like a cotton poplin. It’s perfect!
Liked this dress? Check out my lemon print summer dress as well HERE.