The other night I had, like, five million things I should have been doing, so it seemed as good a time as any to sew up a new dress for Ivy. I’ve had the Fawn Lily pattern [by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co] on my to-do list for months now. I went through a half dozen fabric pairings before Ivy and I finally agreed on this flannel plaid and textured white. They both came from my mom’s stash, so I don’t know where they are from originally. It seems a bit Christmassy for August, but it did snow the other day not far from us (!! I know!!), or we could just think of this as a nod to her Scottish ancestors.
I probably should have waited to do the photo shoot for another day, or at least cleaned Ivy up a bit first. But she actually asked if we could take pictures, so I jumped on that before she changed her mind. Post-nap hair, chocolate-covered fingers, and just the hint of blueberry around her mouth: Ivy, age two.
The attention to detail on this pattern is really impressive. I love the unique lines of the bodice and sleeves, and the perfect little pleats down both the front and back. I screwed up on my sleeves. I was making this really late at night, and was super frustrated trying to get plaids matched up, and totally put my sleeves on wrong. Well, not wrong, but not right, either. If stayed on pattern, the inside is completely finished with no exposed seams on the sleeves at all. I just sewed both layers of the sleeve on at the same time, so mine is not that pretty inside. Thankfully, it’s still adorable on the outside. I really want to make another Fawn Lilly, using some of the other options in the pattern, and put those sleeves in right.
This left sleeve was also the one area I actually got the plaid sort of lined up. And it took me for.ev.er. Seriously, like an hour and at least 6 tries of sewing/picking-out. Turns out, matching plaids while sewing a curved seam isn’t the most fun thing I’ve ever done. After this, I was like, whatever. Lined up-schlined shlup. You can also see the diagonal, raised weave of the white flannel in this picture. Ivy’s new thing is twirling in her dresses. I remember my sisters and I doing this until we wanted to throw up, every Sunday morning in our kitchen.
She just kept doing this and holding the pose. When she wasn’t twirling. It nicely shows off the chocolate on her fingers, don’t you think?
In conclusion, the Fawn Lily is a great sew. Not too technical, just some curved seams and pleating, depending on the options you choose, but you get a fully finished (assuming you follow the instructions…), beautiful dress with really great, unique design. I look forward to sewing this one again.