Hi! I am Stephanie, Doctora Botones on social media! And I am here with you today to share my new Marigold dress! First of all you should know that I live in a village surrounded by vineyards. It’s beautiful to see this fruit from the beginning of the first shoots until you can pick the grapes. A few days ago we celebrated the harvest festival. A great celebration that needs a dress for the occasion, and Marigold is the perfect dress!
As the theme of the month is printed fabrics, the first thing that came to my mind was “stripes.” There is nothing more fun than playing with stripes, right? Figuring out how to place them, the different drawings they can make and, the most important thing, matching all the stripes! Am I the only one who first sees the matched stripes in a striped garment?
The Marigold Dress is a great option for playing with stripes because it has several pieces to be able to combine. As you probably already know, this pattern is one of the most popular of Blank Slate for reasons more than obvious. It is a modern pattern of a button-down dress with a mandarin collar and button placket that finishes at the natural waist. You have several options to choose from. On the one hand the sleeves can be cap sleeves or long sleeves finished with plackets. The skirt has two possible lengths and there is also the option to make a blouse with peplum with straight or high-low hem.
I chose a very fine linen cloth with white stripes on a slightly worn blue background. The front has diagonal stripes marrying on the placket and on the side seams. The back has the same drawing and the stripes are also angled.
To be able to marry the stripes the trick is that the pieces of the pattern have to have the same drawing but mirrored. You should cut the pieces separately, the right front first and then the left one for example. When you have the right one then you should place it on top of the fabric (right sides together) so that the lines match accurately. Use several pins to match the stripes and baste the seam with a long stitch. Once you have made sure that the pieces are married then you can sew it again with a shorter stitch.
I combined the striped fabric with light blue cotton on the collar, sleeves, yoke and pockets to further highlight these parts. The yoke is the part that I like most of this pattern; it is made with two pieces (one inside and one outside) so that the seams are hidden. So smart! Another thing I really like, once I finished the dress, is the buttons. Can I tell you a secret? Actually these buttons are blue but it’s the reverse of the button you see here. I found it so beautiful that I could not avoid sewing them like that! Do not tell anyone, it’s our secret! 😉