I like Satsuki for it's simplicity and because it lends itself as a blank canvas for lots of fun, decorative and personalized techniques. Sophie's done just that by creating beautiful cutout lattice-work along the front and back neckline. She's done such an amazing job! I thought it might inspire you to do something creative with your Satsuki or another dress pattern. Thanks for sharing, Sophie!
-How long have you been sewing, and would you describe yourself as a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced seamstress?
I started sewing for my little boys, just over three years ago as a complete beginner. I've always loved color and fabric and sewing was the perfect outlet being a new mum. I have learnt so much in three years and I'd now say I'm bordering on itermediate.
What kind of fabric did you use for this creation and how does it suit this style?
For this Satsuki I used a beautiful silk crepe de chine floral print and it suits this style of dress perfectly. It has a beautiful drape and goes so well with a floaty pattern like the Satsuki. I couldn't think of a better use for it!
-Did you make any personal adjustments to the pattern to make it your own?
This is my second Satsuki and the first one I made straight to the pattern but this one I wanted to have a play around with some geometric cut-out details. I re-drafted the front neckline and facing to include triangle cut-outs. For the back I wanted to create a sort of strappy triangle lattice and re-drafted the neckline into a deep V. I also took some length of the dress but used the rest of the pattern how it is.
-Where do you wear this piece?
It's the sort of spring frock that I would wear all summer long. To bbq's, picnics, parties but probably not around my kids. Pretty silk and little boys do not mix well.
-Find more pics and info on how Sophie constructed this dress on her blog, Cirque Du Bebe