So, it was my birthday yesterday (the big 32 if you must know) and not wanting to break with tradition, I made myself a knit dress and got a haircut (yep, that controversial fringe is back)! The dress obviously fits in with my plans to have fun with knits this year, which I seem to be nailing so far!
The pattern I used is none other than the Bonnie knit top from Bluegingerdoll Patterns. I adored the fit of my cropped Bonnie jumper so much, that I figured it would make a pretty cute dress. And it did, it did! I'm delighted with this little number!
I've said it before, but my favourite Bonnie feature is the slightly 'puffy' sleeve-head, which adds just the right amount of volume for a super sweet look. My second favourite thing about this dress is my awesome fabric pattern matching skills...haha! Speaking of fabric, I found this crazy print in Fenwick's and fell in love! It's actually quite a thick (but loosely woven and stretchy) sweatshirt weight, so it was fairly challenging to work with. It also frays like no one's business, so I hope it holds up over time as I didn't finish off my seams!
On a side note, my Bonnie Dress was originally going to be a Linnie (or Lonnie) Dress. I really, really wanted to make it using the skirt from Tilly's Lilou Dress (found in Love at First Stitch), but my fabric was just too thick and disobedient for pleats. I fudged a circle skirt from my botched Lilou skirt pieces instead and just about got away with it...phew!
Anyway, don't be surprised if you see an actual Linnie/Lonnie Dress soon...I'm determined to make that idea work!