Mood Exclusive Garden of Earthly Delights Black Cotton Voile. SKU: MD0293
Fibremood 15 is now out and I had the opportunity to sew Pipa! Pipa is a pleated bodice sundress and so so good! It maybe one of my very favorite dresses in my closet. The pairing of the MOOD fabric and Pipa were made in sewing heaven.
Love this moody floral Voile!! Dark black background with deep earthy colored florals.
If you heard pleated bodices and decided this was not for you, hold on! It’s so much easier than you think. It’s drafted in a way that the construction is so simple. Yes, it’s not a super fast sew but it’s faster than you would think.
I made size 4 for both bust and waist. My only modification was lengthening the shoulder straps so that they will tie on the shoulder. No other changes then that!
This dress can easily be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers and a baseball cap.
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FibreMood has released their newest edition, Edition 13 is chock full of great patterns. There was actually too many to choose from that it took me two days to decide! I finally choose to sew the Marion dress because I had the perfect tulle fabric that was in need of a pattern. I also loved the two tiered skirt with the top tier shorter then the bottom. I have made many two tiered skirts but I really love that this top tier is much shorter then the bottom tier. It’s a trend you can find in many RTW stores.
Sadly I have to tell you that the fabric I used was purchased from Blackbird Fabrics awhile ago and they do not carry it anymore. You can check out Mood Fabrics or Etsy for their embroidered tulle. The nice part about working with tulle is it does not fray. So no need the hem!
Overall, kept the pattern as is except for the skirt width and doing an elastic casing on the sleeves. For the top tier I added 3″ to the fold line (so 6″ total) and 4″ to the bottom tier (so 8″ total). I really wanted the skirt to be full especially since I was using such lightweight fabric.
I sewed the size Small which is my typical size. No size modifications.
The back is closed with an hook and eye. Super easy to get on and off and the ease of the bodice is comfortable. I wore a white slip underneath instead of lining the dress.
The Marion Pattern would be great for a confident beginner. The raglan bodice is very easy to construct as well as the skirts. The new skills for a new seamstress would be the waistband and sewing the neckline with bias tape.
If you have any question about Marion, let me know!