Dandelions for Spring

Originally posted in September 2013: Textured fabrics are still top of my fabric sewing list. What’s a bit of lace on the sleeves these days. Even when it’s placed on a test dress? That’s what I did to initially test Mari’s Dandelion dress – her website isn’t available anymore.

I’ve always wanted to wear lace for everyday wear but I’ve always considered lace a formal item or for lingerie. How’s that for outdated thinking. I chose the sweetheart neckline dress. The sleeves were an obvious choice to inch a bit of lace into my work wear. Winnie also made a great lace sleeve version.

To make this first dress up quickly, I overlocked the seam edges and used bias for the sleeve hems. There’s not much I had to do to get the neckline and shoulders to fit right. No roll shoulder adjustment or neckline gaps to deal with. The fabric I’ve used is cotton so it’s very crushable. So crushable…

The two dresses above are Mari’s versions for a better view of the side and bust dart detailing. The construction is very clever so if you decide on making a Dandelion, you’ll appreciate how clever Mari’s instructions are.

When I saw the fit on Mari’s version, I realised the initial size I chose was probably one size too big. I made the 8. So now after unpicking the side seams and slivering it the size in, it fits much closer. Dandelion has a good amount of ease in it but I love a close fit.

Then I remembered a dark textured purple blue linen fabric (above) from when Janice took me fabric shopping in PortlandThis piece was from Mill End Store. It’s got big textured swirls. Yum!

Going back to the lace, this was from Metro Fabrics in Tempe. The bias trim was fun to use and kinda keeps your eye on the style lines. Both dresses are my new Spring dresses. 

I know you’ve already seen this dress and top appear on the web, as Mari is hosting a blog hop where everyone who’s tested the pattern shows how they’ve used it.

Here’s are the Dandelion testers with their Dandelions posted on their blogs.

They’re a very creative group and it makes me smile from ear to ear to know I’m in great sewing company. Wanett’s top makes me want to make the top version right now!


  1. NICE! I like the purple one on you although the lace one is a pretty cool idea too. The seaming reminds me of some Japanese dress books-very interesting.
    I'm really getting into raglan sleeves nowadays. Started when I saw someone refashion tights into raglan sleeves for a tee-no wrinkles or anything because of the oh so stretchyness XD


  2. Love that we went lace sleeves together ! Yours is such a gorgeous colour and I love the orange showing through the lace. Really zingy!! And they both show off the lines if the dress nicely too….
    Cool frocks!!


  3. Hmmmm, there is something about this dress that makes us all want to sew lace. Before I saw Scruffybadger's and your creation, I too was thinking about doing the sleeves and or yoke in lace.
    You look lovely as always!!


  4. Nice use of lace in a day dress – I must be old fashioned because I think of lace as formal wear too, but using small amounts as details like you have is just right to make it less formal


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