Because it’s black and white and red all over! Geddit? Geddit? Oh, and it’s covered in typewriters. That might have something to do with it.
One of the perils (if you can call it that) of teaching at The Village Haberdashery is that I am in the shop all the time and consequently end up wanting everything. A few weeks ago there was just enough of this amazing typewriter fabric in the sale section to make a Deer and Doe Belladone dress. It was fate.
I added piping at the waistband and on the pocket edges to match the bias binding around the neck, back and armholes. Kona Rich Red was the perfect shade to set off the black and white. I finished the hem with bias binding instead of the facing called for in the pattern, just so I could add a little more red.
My favourite feature is the keyhole back. I think it’s so pretty, especially when bound. This is optional according to the pattern, but it really finishes things off so nicely and gives that extra bit of body to the fabric. Well worth the extra time, I think.
All in all I am so happy with this dress. I’m definitely at that age where I can wear whatever the bloody hell I want without having to justify my fabric choices. Being in your 40s isn’t so terrible after all. Also, I was more than a little inspired by the wonderful fashion stylings of Roisin (Dolly Clackett). One day I will have a handmade wardrobe just like hers.