As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had to buy it. Why? Because it’s extremely cute, easy and quick to sew and loose fitting, so perfect for summer!
The Clover Dress is the newest pattern published by Papercut, in collaboration with Brooke Tyson (the original dress was one of the pieces of her RTW collection!). It’s the first time I buy a pattern from this company and I’ve to say I was speechless in front of such a lovely packaging – sticker included! I’ve also bought the Rigel Bomber and I wish the weather was going to be cooler instead of warmer so I could placate the urge of sewing it straight away. But sadly I think I’m not going to need any jacket for the next seven or eight months. Thank you tropical QLD!
Anyhow for my first Clover dress I’ve used the Shibori rayon I dyed few weeks ago – it has the perfect drape for this kind of project and the perfect summer vibe too.
I’ve tried to cut the pattern pieces in the more interesting fabric areas, the ones with more spots and funny shapes, trying to avoid any strange pattern placements on my boobies. I kind of succeeded I think.
I cut a size S for the upper bust, grading down to an XS at the waist and hips and I’m pretty happy with the fit. Thanks to the raglan sleeves, I didn’t have to make any fitting adjustments – as in the knitting world, they are pretty comfortable and relaxed by themselves.
For the front diagonal panel I had used some white cotton lace, but the look of the whole dress was a bit off – sort of “grandma” or PJs looking – so I decided to dye the trim with the same navy dye I’ve used for e fabric. Of course the dress was already completely finished once I took this decision, so I had to dye the trim using a paint brush, avoiding spreading the new dye mixture all over the dress. And guess what? After all that work, I wasn’t completely happy with how the trim fit into the dress, again, so I cut it off. After a bit of thinking, I’ve purchased a ball of white t-shirt yarn (my idea came to life thanks to this fabulous necklace piece by the Wool and the Gang) and created a fringe which I’ve stitched on top of e panels by hand. I really like the look of the dress now that is a bit more “transgressive”!
These diagonal front panels are really a blank canvas for creativity – you can play with different sorts of fabrics, colors, trims or whatever comes to your mind really to create different looks.
I highly recommend this pattern, both because is easy to put together and sooooo cute and also because it really is very fun to match (or mismatch!) different prints and colors. Do it!