Thursday, 31 May 2018

Cocowawa marshmallow dress in peach skin!

This is a tale of trial and error. Crafty Sew and Sew kindly gave me some peach skin fabric in the most fabulous of colours to blog about! I've never sewn with peach skin so I wasn't sure what to expect when it arrived. If you've never used peach skin it's a kind of lightweight cotton lawn with a bit more structure to it. I thought this would be perfect for the Cocowawa marshmallow dress as it would give the ruffles a bit more drama. Turns out I didn't really need the drama!

I did my usual ruffle trick where I used stretch elastic to create even ruffles for me when I attached it though the shape didn't suit me much at all. I added a contrasting coloured collar which I love! The collar is a little tricky to piece together but the way it attaches to the neck piece is really easy. My collar fabric was super thin, almost organza so it flitted and floated around a lot till I ironed the interfacing onto it. I wish I had also made the button bands in contrasting fabric rather than just the buttons to give it a bit more pop but I think it works perfectly as it is also. 

The peach skin was super easy to work with though. I put my walking foot on because it looked like it could have slipped around under the feet but it sewed just like cotton! I love the brightness of this fabric, I think I should have thought I bit more about the ruffles pattern placement as that may have made it a bit more flattering as it effectively just repeats the pattern from just above it.

I decided I probably wouldn’t wear the dress as it was as it wasn’t very flattering on my shape. The ruffle band hit just across my bum on my widest point and appeared to make it look even worse. I decided to take the ruffle back off again so that I could wear it as a blouse. I love the look of it now and it’s perfect with jeans giving me that extra pop of colour we so desperately need on these dull days of thunderstorms! Where did summer go?!

Anyways in conclusions I love my bright new blouse and I think I’m a peach skin convert!