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Six pocket Ileana dress,

I started from the Ileana-dress, but changed the faux button placket to an actual working one. Just because my eldest daughter likes to wear dresses all the time, even when they go swimming or have gym at school. A back closure isn’t that practical then. But no big changes there.

The one piece that’s really hacked is the front of the half circular skirt. I liked the pleating I once saw in an Atelier Assemblé-skirt. But I though it would be fun if the pleating were actually real pockets, similar to the Cisse-pants by Zonen09.

As usual I went for contrast. I wanted to make sure you really can’t miss the accents, and I wanted the fabric choice to add an extra bit of the vintage feeling that’s so characteristic for the Compagnie M-patterns. Since I saw the stunning Hanami-dress from Straight Grain a few months ago, I collected a bunch of those beautiful fabrics from the Arizona Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics. I chose the Canyon Wall and complemented with a plain and simple dark blue cotton. I love this fabric combination! And I found just the right vintage-twisted-buttons in my mothers collection.

The last couple of years Kato grew a lot in length, but she’s still a very thin girl. Comparing her measurements with the size chart, I made her a size 6. I added 4cm to the bodice and another 4cm to the skirt. With these alterations the dress fits her perfectly.

Greetings, Hanne De Ridder

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