Sunday, 28 September 2014

I Heart Pattern Testing: Boo! Designs Firefly Dress - Pimped Firefly

Time for another Firefly. During the testing Kristie asked us to make one Firefly according to the pattern and then to make a "pimped" version. So we had the creative freedom to mix it up however we wanted. Wow, the other testers are a clever bunch of sewists! Their pimped fireflies are AH-MAY-ZING! Jen from One Thimble is showcasing them at the moment and it is worth popping by to the One Thimble Blog to check them out.

For mine I didn't stray too far from the original pattern. I made the top half as per the pattern. I changed the skirt to be a circle style skirt using the Boo! Skater Skirt pattern as a starting point.

The great thing about the skater skirt is the inclusion of measurements for the waistband/length etc. So pimping the Firefly with it was easy. I just measured the bodice circumference and used that (plus I added a button placket). I then attached it the same way I would have attached the gathered skirt. I used a simple hidden bias strip to hem it which added a little strength to the hemline and allowed it to hold it's shape well. I think this pretty blue floral fabric was perfect for this style of skirt.

Eloise is wearing a pettiskirt made using the Twirly Pettiskirt technique I blogged about.
For more information about the Firefly and my review of it, I talked in more detail here and here. It is a great pattern!
And if you want to purchase your own copy of the pattern, you can get it in the latest edition of One Thimble (Affiliate link).

I can't help doing a bit of photo spamming with my favourite little girl ;)

I'd love to know what you think, feel free to leave a message or a question.

Kerry xx

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