In case you hadn’t heard yet – the new issue of STYLO Magazine is out! I just love this online mag. It sparks so much creativity and inspiration. It forces me to think outside the box as far as my pattern selection and fabric choices. It also demonstrates how much style we can add to our handmade clothes!
The girls at STYLO asked me to contribute this issue and I was thrilled. I participated in the 5 designers, 1 fabric challenge and was sent this buttery soft floral fabric from Miss Matatabi. The coloring was the perfect hue for this issue’s inspiration. I gravitated towards the shimmery flecks throughout the fabric (hard to see here) and used a glitter tule for the skirt overlay
I love how it softens the dress and adds a bit of magic to it.
I used Cali Faye’s Gardenia Dress and did quite a bit of altering. My favorite is the shifted sleeves. I whacked off quite a bit of length from the sleeve and then added the crepe back satin fabric in a shifted hem. It adds a bit of fanciness and fun to the dress that I love.
If you have ever sewn anything from Cali Faye (love all her patterns!) then you won’t be disappointed with this dress! NOTE: I did size down on this dress though, it tends to run a little big 🙂
Another addition I made to the dress is to finish all the seams by edge stitching the entire bodice. This helped achieve a more formal look for the dress, which is what I was going for.
You can check out more photos from the shoot online at the STYLO magazine, and see what the other four designers chose to make with the same fabric!
And here’s a sneak peek of the cover…