This is the third in a trilogy of Ileana Dresses for Lulu. This time, I decided to frankenstein it together with the Lotta Dress, which I have been dying to make for ages.
Both the Lotta and Ilena Dress patterns are from Compagnie M — and the coolest thing about them is that the bodices, skirts and sleeves of all Compagnie M’s dresses can be switched around from pattern to pattern. All the pieces fit together without any finagling at all!
I should mention here that one of the benefits of being a Compagnie M super fan is that I’ve become an affiliate. My goodness, how official! I’m pretty excited about being in cahoots with Compagnie M — thanks for having me, guys!
Anyway, I’ve looked longingly at the Lotta Dress neckline with the little buttons since the pattern was released, but I was worried that Lulu wouldn’t wear it due to the lack of twirly-ness in the skirt. But now that the Ileana has arrived with its circle skirt, the problem is solved!
The bird fabric is from Joann’s. I bought it about three years ago and used it for a couple of projects in my early days of sewing. I loved it so much that I bought more and have been sitting on it all this time.
The lining is red/cream striped shirting from my local fabric store that I originally intended to use for myself. But it goes together with the birds so well, I couldn’t help but use it.
I decided to use the side seam pockets from the Lotta pattern. I figured they’d work best with the circle skirt without getting in the way.
As I did with Lulu’s other two Ileanas, I stitched the entire pocket onto the front of the skirt, which keeps everything together during twirling and such.
I used the lining fabric to make bias tape for the hem — an extra step that was well worth it, especially since I have my trusty bias tape maker which makes the pressing quick and keeps my fingers from getting singed too much.
In the pattern instructions, Marte warns against using directional fabrics for the circle skirt option, as the print will be sideways at the side seams. I thought long and hard about this before I started on this trilogy of dresses and considered using the half circle skirt instead. But I knew that if I really wanted Lulu to love these dresses, I had to go full circle — print wonkiness be damned. I stand by that decision (and I really don’t think anyone would notice if I didn’t point it out, right??).
This dress turns out to be perfect for enjoying the last of the summertime mint in the back yard . . .
Before we know it there’s going to be a serious chill in the air. Hmm, my girls are going to need some new fall dresses 🙂