The previous Moira dress was a great success and when I saw this lovely palm leaves print from Rainbow Fabrics posted by an Instagrammer I knew that I had to have it. I ordered 6 metres at £4.99/M and waited impatiently for the delivery.
Once received I immediately overlocked the raw edges and put the fabric into the machine for a quick & cool wash. Once the cycle was completed the fabric was placed on the airer to dry. As I was folding the length I noticed that there was a disparity in the print. There had obviously been a problem as 1metre in from the end the colour for part of the design was missing. The fault was approximately 1.5 metres in length before the printing returned to the correct colouration.
Fortunately I was able to cut out my Moira dress from the opposite end of the fabric and get on with the construction. However, it did mean that I was unable to cut out and make another Montana dress for my sister’s Christmas present.
Meantime, I contacted Rainbow Fabrics, sending them photographs of the fault. They were exceptional in their swift response and sent me a credit voucher for £40.
If you have not read any of my previous postings about ‘Moira’ she is a hack from the Hannah dress By Hand London and the Montana by Style Arc patterns. ‘Moira’ has short sleeves, a scoop neckline, bodice with side bust and under bust darts, a raised waistline, no buttons but a self-fabric ties set into the side seams of the bodice, gathered skirt with deep hem frill and concealed side seam pockets.
This iteration has a bodice lined with Black viscose voile that has facings cut from the fashion fabric. This is just in case the lining accidentally flips out. I also ran a line of top-stitching around the neckline ¼ inch away from the edge. I attached a skirt lining of viscose voile to the bodice lining and apart from the neckline and armscyes, the lining is free from the fashion fabric.
For the fashion fabric skirt I cut two panels 40 ins wide x 21 inches long. The frill is 3 x the full width of the fabric x 12 inches deep. Pleating for the frill was completed using my ruffler foot with settings at stitch length 4.5 and pleat every 6 stitches. The seams, including the pockets are overlocked. The sleeve hems and the hem on the frill are double turned and top-stitched in place.
I am absolutely delighted with this dress and have checked the Rainbow Fabrics website several times but unfortunately the Palm Leaves print is out of stock and I understand that it is not repeatable. Shame. I will have a think about the best way to use the remaining fabric whilst avoiding the mis-print.
Project #67 completed 23rd November 2020