Lotte Martens Fabric Tour

Not all fabrics are created equal. Some of them just make you want to swoon, and this Lotte Martens Clarias is one of those.


Lotte Martens, a Belgian fabric designer, creates some of the most gorgeous fabric I have ever seen (you can read more in the About section of the website). HERE are some stunning handprinted fabrics in the shop, and you can take a look at the digitally printed fabrics HERE. I hope that when you are finished drooling over them all, you will find you way back to my post :) 

I was sent 2 panels of the Clarias fabric, which is a beautiful pale pink fabric, and one of the panels has a rose-gold pattern handprinted on it. I debated for a while what to make with it, because frankly I was tempted to use it for myself. But I put that thought aside and decided to do the selfless thing and make a holiday dress for my daughter that she could also wear to her first piano "recital." 


I am embarrassed to admit how long I have owned the Oliver and S Fairy Tale dress pattern. As for when, um...let's just say that I know myself well. When I bought it some time ago, luckily I had the foresight to buy the upper sizes because I figured it would take me that long to get around to making it. Also, I was a bit intimidated by this pattern, which meant I kept putting it aside for "when I am good at this sewing thing." Honestly if I hadn't been pressed for time, I would definitely have muslined this one. I know I should have. But instead I threw caution to the winds, and made the size 6 with size 7 length, suspecting that I might have been able to make the size 5 based on her chest measurement. 



As you can see, it is a bit large for her around the chest (and my dart-sewing-skills need a lot more honing), but I am hoping that means she will be able to wear it for longer. I love the thorough instructions that you get with every Oliver and S pattern, and this one was no exception. That didn't stop me from going to Shelley's blog to check out every version she made, because her makes are always so inspiring. And her sewing is perfect. I dare you to resist not wanting to make something once you've browsed her blog. You've been warned - every time she makes an O+S pattern, she makes me want to do the same. 


I left off the collar for a couple of reasons (I did get as far as putting it together but abandoned it). 1- I prefer a plain front to my dress bodices. 2- I didn't have enough of the rose-gold fabric, as the entire panel went to the skirt. I used another plain panel for the bodice and sleeves. 3- I am not great at sewing collars, probably because of number 1. But this meant that - mainly because I didn't read the instructions all the way through to the end before beginning - I left too much space at the top of the back bodice. I might go back and add a tiny hook and eye if there is enough room. 

Anyway, look at the size of that bow (and not the fact that I need bow-tying lessons)!! Also, I love love love the sleeves on this dress. I love that they are gathered, too. I mean, gosh, if you love princess dresses, this is the perfect pattern for you. 


So a few words about the hem of the dress. Because the gold paint made the fabric quite stiff and because I didn't want to risk using a hot iron directly on it, I was very tentative even when using a pressing cloth. Maybe I was a little too cautious, because it ended up having a sort of bubble dress effect, which I guess is okay because I left out the tulle part of the skirt. I also didn't fold up the hem the recommended 4 inches because I was worried about losing too much of the gold. Instead I first folded the hem up 1 inch and then again 2 inches for a total of 3 inches. 


The polka dot lining fabric you can see peeking out from the sleeve is nani IRO fabric (at least, I think it is!) that I bought in Nippori. I can't find it online, but you can see other examples of the "pocho" fabric HERE. I decided to go all-out with this dress because this is the one "occasion" dress I am making for the year, and I wanted it to feel comfortable while she was wearing it. I also wanted to be sure she would love it even though it wasn't blue, her favorite color. I knew she did when even after the photos were taken, she insisted on keep it on for the rest of the afternoon. Success! 


You can see all of the beautiful Lotte Martens fabrics HERE, and you can find a list of stores where you can purchase the fabrics HERE. I adore all the gorgeous knits!! 

And if you'd like some more sewing inspiration, you won't want to miss the stunning creation by Nienke, who joins me on the tour today. Thank you to the Lotte Martens team for this gorgeous fabric and for having me on the tour! 

(*Although I was gifted this fabric for the tour, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.)

Comments

  1. Emi you are the sweetest. Darn if you didn't make my blog sound so good I was tempted to click those links myself. This dress is divine! It never seems to matter whether view A or B, collar on or off, sleeves or sleeveless... The Fairy Tale Dress just always comes out looking fabulous. The fabric sure is gorgeous and you made the right call not wanting to do too deep a hem and losing that beautiful border. The other option there would be to do a deep hem facing. That way you only stitch half an inch into your border print but can still have the stiffness of a two inch double fold hem. But shut up me, you've done a Stirling job and sewn a truly stunning dress. Bravo.

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    1. Oooh Shelley, I knew I should have consulted you on the hem! I think I will have to do that the next time I have a cool fabric and don't want to lose the bottom. And thank you for all your kind comments ALL over the place - and apologies for tagging you each time I posted these images.

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    1. Thank you a million times over for this beautiful fabric! I have one very happy girl!

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  3. You are a bigger person than I am! I would have used that divine fabric for myself hahaha For some reason I am pleased to hear she loves blue, just like my little one :) The dress turned out lovely. I would have never guessed from these pics it was biggish around her chest. The dress is stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Jenya! I was really, really tempted to make something for myself - a nice pleated skirt, maybe? But in the end, my daughter won out with her request for an "extra special" dress. Ah, maybe next time...

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  4. WOW Emi, you have outdone yourself. This is absolutely gorgeous. Those sleeves are really really gorgeous and this dress seems to be the perfect design to showcase the fabric. It looks rich and just plain amazing. Lucky lucky girl getting a dress like that!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mie! I can't tell you how nervous I was when I started cutting into the fabric. Plus zippers still make me sweat, haha. I have to admit there were a few moments of "Wow, what can I make with this fabric...." until it hit me that this dress was a good match!

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  5. I love this! You did a great job. I've only made this dress once and that was for a friend's baby so my girls haven't got one yet! Need to change that!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Natasha! I definitely think you should make one for your girls. It's such a pleasing sew (well, once you've gone through the instructions and you know what you're supposed to be doing, haha), and I'm sure yours will be amazing. Can't wait to see!

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  6. The pattern is perfect for the dress! This is just stunning! Lucky lucky girl!!!

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    1. Thank you, Olga, my friend!! It's looking like this "special occasion dress" is going to turn into an "every day after school" dress, LOL.

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  7. Oh my, this is just stunning! LOVE those sleeves. As for the zipper, I think there's meant to be space for a hook and eye (at least, that's the way I understood it) so your zipper placement looks perfect to me!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! The sleeves are my favorite bit, too. And thank you for letting me know about the zipper. I will definitely have to add a hook and eye. :)

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