Dresden Plate Dress

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Today I’ve got another Quilt Market dress to show you! I showed you one of my other dresses a couple of weeks ago, and here is 2 of 3. For this dress, I had a huge amount of doubt as I worked through it (were the dresden plates too big? Would the cap sleeves work out?), but I am completely in love with the finished dress!

For the main fabric of the dress, I used Legacy by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics (the print is ‘Drawn Destiny’ in Linen), which will be available in shops this month, such as Fat Quarter Shop. I saw these fabrics at spring Market and got to hear Angela’s Schoolhouse presentation about them, and they are indeed very beautiful!

The Dresden Plates on the dress were made using Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids, which are the most saturated solids you can buy, and they are also extremely soft to the touch! The Pure Elements solids are available from Pink Castle Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, and Stash Modern Fabric.

Here’s a close-up of the dress; as you can see, the Legacy fabric really makes the solids jump out! I think that the Drawn Destiny fabric is so elegant, and it really made for the perfect dress!

The sewing pattern that I used to make this dress is (of course) the Monique Dress, my all-time favorite dress pattern. I’ve over a half-dozen Moniques. The Monique is a sleeve-less dress, so I used the cap sleeves from the Naomi Dress pattern. The cap sleeves worked out really well! I am very happy with how they look and fit, so I will be using a cap sleeve on other Moniques in future. 🙂 The Serendipity Studio patterns are all very easy to follow and I always love the finished product.

One other change that I made when sewing up my dress was that I lengthened the skirt. I used the Dresden Plate templates from Lily’s Quilts, and it’s really massive. I made the skirt 4″ longer so that I could fit an entire Dresden on the skirt, and for visual interest, the second Dresden I lowered a bit and cut the bottom part of the Dresden Plate away. After assembling the Dresden Plates, I fused them to my skirt fabric using Pellon Wonder Under, which is a paper-backed fusible web. I did not hand stitch the Dresdens to the skirt, but rather topstitched them in place. Since this dress will be going through the wash, I thought they would be more secure if machine sewn.

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I am really really really really happy with this dress! Sometimes the ideas in my head actually come out how I thought they might, which is always a plus, lol.

Don’t forget to check out Angela Walter’s new fabric, Legacy, as soon as it hits shops this month!

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