The dress that got me interested in Japanese Sewing Books is this purple scarf dress featured on the cover of ‘Les couleurs francaises’. It is also my reward dress for completing the target I set for myself in my Japanese Sewing Book challenge. I used my precious Echino Grassy Plain fabric which I thought was so appropriate for the design. The fabric was in my untouchable stash but I am glad it has turned into this dress!
The dress is Project C from ‘Les couleurs francaises’. It is relatively easy to make with many detailed diagrams. I used the pattern for size M, the shoulders fitted well but it was huge on the sides so I took them in quite a bit. The original design had a tie scarf collar. To make the most of this outfit, I decided to make some modifications and made the collar and scarf separately. Here you see the dress with a collar I drafted myself. I wanted a collar that would look hidden when I wanted to wear it with the scarf.
Here’s the version with scarf which looks similar to the photo in the book.
And here I wear it slightly differently. I love the idea of a separate scarf, it is so versatile and you can wear it in so many ways, even with other outfits!
The scarf could also be used to drape a crowl neckline.
Or as a head scarf 🙂 I actually like this boho look quite a lot.
I love this Echino fabric! I tried my best to match the print on the side seams but it was not possible given that the print was wavy.
I hope you like my reward dress 🙂 I love it and can’t stop looking at it! I can’t wait for my princess to grow to be 100cm, that way we can wear matching dresses like the ones in the book! TGIF, have a fabulous weekend everyone!
That turned out beautiful and I like the idea of the scarf being detachable. You deserve this reward!
I lové your dress. This is so beautuful.
Elle est très chouette cette robe. Bon choix de tissu.
le tissu est tout simplement magnifique, et ta robe est… magnifique (je l’ai déjà dit? 😉
Nice dress. I love the scarf, it’s so pretty and versatile!
Robe magnifique, tissu echino étonnant comme toujours. C’est la première fois que je le vois en robe.
oooo…. beautiful! you’re clever with the collar and scarf thing!
very pretty dress, i love this fabric : you wear it very nice (pas de mon anglais sur ce coup là ;o) )
That’s so beautiful and Im glad I found your blog!
It looks wonderful!
So pretty!! Love the gorgeous fabric.
Wow… this dress is really great! You have make really good use of the print. The scarf is so versatile, love it!
A beautiful dress, perfectly realised.
Love what you are making with original fabrics.
What a good surprise to discover your blog!… I am french and fan of Echino and nani Iro’s fabrics! Your dress is gorgeous and is perfect for you!
Wonderful dress ! Your fabric’s choise is always fabulous !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gorgeous. I love your dress. The fabric is perfect for the pattern.
I love your dress, it’s very well made and so pretty. I also have this fabric and am thinking of making a dress with it but I don’t dare cutting it yet.
Too cute! Fabulous reward dress indeed!
Way to be bold and cut into that precious fabric- I’d say it was well worth the risk! Beautiful dress, the fabric is perfection.
Thank you everyone! Merci pour les compliments!
@Kristin, @Lova : Thank you! It wasn’t easy cutting into this fabric. I took a LONG time just to ensure everything was all right. I didn’t want to make any mistake and ruin it. Glad it turned out well 🙂 Good luck with yours Lova!
@bouillesdecoton, @Stephanie: Welcome! Thank you! Merci beaucoup 🙂
@Pauline Perh, @Fiona, @Karin Van D, B@SweetLimes: Thank you, I love the scarf too, can’t wait to wear it out tomorrow!
@petitlapincoeur: Merci beaucoup! vous prédit droit! LOL 🙂
Your version is just magnifique!!!! I looove that fabric! As for making a matching one for your daughter… I know that feeling… except that I don’t have a daughter… But I am thinking about making one for a friend’s child 😉
& I had no idea you could spak French! I was sooo surprised to see you also on the JCA blog
Merci by Night! Your version inspired me to make this dress too. I know very little French, probably less than a French child in nursery haha. I rely on google translate when it is beyond my understanding. Has worked so far 🙂
Your dress is wonderful ! Where did you find this beautiful fabric from Echino ?
Thank you. I bought this fabric from fabricworm (see my fabric source link above) some time back. I believe there are still some people selling it on etsy. Try searching under supplies, echino grassy plain. Hope that helps 🙂
le tissu est superbe ! bravo, cette robe est juste parfaite !
Oh my gosh this is gorgeous!
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