Tuesday 28 April 2015

Cherry Blossoms in Autumn

Here's my latest dress in tribute to cherry blossom season in Japan. As the other side of the world gears up for Spring, there's a chill in the air here as we head into Autumn and the summer dresses get packed away. I'm desperately clinging onto the warmth of summer before I spend the next 6 months in jeans and jumpers. I know some people love the winter months - wrapping up in woollens, boots and coats but give me a pretty summer frock, blue skies and sunshine any day.

I bought this pretty cherry blossom print cotton on my last visit to Japan and paired it with New Look 6002. The pattern comes with 3 different bodice and waistband variations. I made View B with a plain waistband.

I had previously used View C for the bodice of my Flamingo Frankenpattern dress. Even though I had made this before I still did a toile as I wanted to make sure the skirt fitted properly and I was using a different view for the bodice. I sewed the size 10 and amazingly the only adjustment I had to make was a small tuck on each side of the back neckline to stop some gaping. I don't know if this has ever happened before but it's a cause for celebration as too many fitting issues does my head in - Hoorah!

The skirt has pleats at the front which I wasn't too sure about but it's actually quite flattering and it certainly makes it very comfortable to wear. The pattern has instructions for lining the bodice and waistband but I also lined the skirt. I love the scalloped neckline too and it was joy to sew as it just came together really easily.

Well, it may not be Spring here, and I may not be in Japan, but I can put on my cherry blossom dress and pretend!


  1. Oh what a lovely dress. I love this shape on you! The fit is so good, you must be pleased as punch! I hope you get to wear it a bit before the weather turns too chilly xx

  2. This is beautiful! I love the cherry blossom fabric, and the scalloped neckline. And yey to no fitting issues. That's always a winner!