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the Lila birthday dress: my own fabric!

By 31/12/2015Blog

For this Lila dress option, I designed my own fabric. In a screen printing workshop, I made this gingko leaf print. I used the same design on several fabrics, on a t-shirt and a jeans skirt. You can see the first result on this B-day dress Sylvia and I have sewn for Lila. In fact Sylvia has sewn the bodice part and I added the gathered skirt! Never ever worked with someone else on one garment. That’s what I like about this project. We really worked together.

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Now let’s focus on the print first. I used a solid Soft Cactus fabric. I combined the soft pink color with a bright red inkt.  I didn’t really position the leafs regularly. I just moved the fabric and printed the same design a couple of times. A super quick project as I was in fact working on personalizing some of my 2ndhand garments.


What I love about the screen printing technique is that every piece is unique. With the same screen I made this t-shirt and added a print to my favourite jeans skirt too.


Back to the dress! What I like about this option is that you can combine a stretch fabric for the bodice with a woven fabric for the skirt. You don’t need stretch at the skirt part to easily get your baby or toddler in this dress. :)

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For the bodice, we used a left over from this project. We made it a tad more special by adding a gingko leaf on the bodice too. We used Sarah’s method! Such a nice idea. Of course we didn’t include this extra detail in our pattern since it’s not ours. :)

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Don’t you think Lila looks super cute? You can read Sylvia’s blogpost too. She added different pictures and text. :)

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