This dress just screams Wilma Flintstone at me… in a good way I mean. I think the orange matches her hair perfectly and the touch of leopard adds that pre-historic edge.
Plus, remember my Betty Dress?
The Pattern: Colette Rooibos
Size: 16/18 with adjustments
Fabric: Deep Orange Linen which I assume is a blend because it was only £3 per metre on Goldhawke Road and a leopard print cotton from the same place.
Alterations: I’ve been over the changes here and here but to summarise – I made a 2 in full bust adjustment and added another 1-1.5 in length to the bodice front, moving the under-bust darts and adding a side seam one. I narrowed and lengthened the back bodice darts and added 1/2 in to the length. The midriff was a size 18 as was the skirt which I lengthened by 3 inches and and hemmed with an extension to add weight.
I really love the subtle details of this pattern. I added the optional piping to the pockets, neckline and arm holes and used the print for the bodice facing and pockets.
It’s animal print but in a much more wearable way than the last time I tried it.
I used Colette’s tutorials to make first the bias binding then the piping. The sew-along posts were great to refer to when needed too – in fact this makes it one of the few sew-along’s I actually managed to complete!