It felt for a while there that I was the only person in the blogosphere who hadn't sewn the 'Rooibos' pattern by Colette Patterns.
It had been in my stash since I was basically a foetus, but I just kept putting it to the side. Every time I'd go to pull it out all I would hear is 'These aren't the droids you're looking for'. My stash is a Jedi apparently.
Now that I've made it I can't believe that I waited so long; I love it!
I love how flattering this dress is. It's a great transition dress for me as I slooooowly creep back to my old size before I got pregnant.
It has a flirty, feminine shape that doesn't flash too much fleshola. I dare you to say that sentence 10 times fast. Go on ... I'll wait.
I used navy and white cotton drill for my dress with red and white striped piping. I was inspired by the original Rooiboss dress on the Colette site with the white piping. I like how the red and white stripe makes it a tad more nautical!
I tried out a few new swear words trying to get the piping to sit right around the sharp corners of the collar. In the end I just made the corners curved and it worked. Yay! You can of course make the pattern without piping and then there's no problems. I do love though how the piping really adds to the playfulness of the dress.
The only change I made to this dress was to do a (massive) full bust adjustment (FBA) which in my case could be called a full breastfeeding adjustment. The irony is I can't really wear this dress until I stop breastfeeding as there's no real access to the bobby-ta-tas.
I styled the dress with a red belt to break up the solid colour, a cute vintage brooch and some fabulous Melissa shoes
If you're curious about how I did my hair, I was inspired by this mini tutorial on one of my Pinterest boards.
Have you got a pattern you put off making and then fell in love with once you finally made it? I'd love to hear about it!