A few months ago I was asked by a friend, Ali Dover, if I would design and make a couple of garments for her daughter. We discussed ideas, she chose her fabric and we struck a deal. Ali is a fabulous photographer, so I did the designing, and the stitching and was "paid" in photographs of the final garments.
The Lucy Smock is a simple swing style top with bound neck edge, back button fastening and short sleeves. The fabric is a gorgeous organic cotton, so wonderful to work with.Available from Merchant and Mills.
Here it is shown with a seperate collar from Little Troll .
Ali is not local to me, so during the design process there was a little tooing and froing of ideas via the internet. I sent photos of my drawing, and then posted the first toile for fitting, which Ali posted back for me to complete the final garments.
The Prairie Dress uses the same upper bodice design, but a gathered skirt is attached and this time there are long sleeves. The fabric again is organic cotton from Merchant and Mills.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working on both of these garments. I don't often do commisions, either due to lack of time, or because the suggested item is not something I will enjoy making, or sometimes because the item required doesn't fit with my aesthetic. I hope that you agree this time the combination of my design and sewing with Ali's photography has been a worthwhile effort.
All photos reproduced with the permission of Ali Dover, to see more of Ali's work take a look at her website alidover.com