Have you been enjoying An’s Kids’ Clothes Belgian Style series as much as I have? I was so inspired that I already sewed up a couple of scenery fabric dresses: Monet and Red Poppy Field. When trying to decide what to contribute for the series I was thinking of doing one of those fun dresses with an animal motif, but the number of fabric choices at the stores in my area was too overwhelming I couldn’t make a decision.
I found this about the designer:
She designs her clothes not bothering about fashionable themes and trends. As a result she creates beautiful children’s clothing which are sold worldwide. She works intuitively starting from fabrics and not themes.. Combinations of natural colors are a great source of inspiration to her. She likes to use overwhelming mixtures of colors in her designs. It is a brand with a rather classical, basic form; Its uniqueness stems from a fabulous mixture of fabrics, colors and patterns.
Pattern: Oliver + S Fairytale Dress
Fabrics: bodice (and bodice lining) in copper satin, skirt in navy blue Kona cotton, bow tied belt in tomato red 100% organic cotton sateen.
Details: A very important detail I observed when studying Belgian style dresses was that there are 4 pleats in the front. This particular dress also has details of a nice wide hem as well as topstitching around the neckline and armholes. I added thread belt loops following this tutorial.
Since I wasn’t able to find the exact gray and blue polka dot fabric and ended up making a solid blue skirt, I styled the dress with silver/gray tights and shoes, so the outfit could still have some gray. It was the color combination that I found so unique.
I’m so glad that I took the risk and went outside my comfort zone with mixing different fabrics and colors. I look forward to seeing what Inge van den Broeck designs in the future, her creations are so inspiring!
All dressed up and ready for skipping through the woods…