Here is my latest creation - a vintage dress that was inspired by my favourite children's book, Debbie's Birthday Party, by Gilbert Delahaye and illustrated by my favourite illustrator of all time, Marcel Marlier. Delahaye was Belgian, as was Marlier. Marlier started his career by winning a drawing competition at the age of sixteen. He illustrated hundreds of books that have been translated into many languages. Marlier illustrated well into his senior years and died two years ago aged 80 years.
I have decided that instead of developing the Mini Pinnie as my first digital pattern, that I will instead develop Debbie's Birthday Dress. I am so excited about this design - I can't wait to get it out there! The Mini Pinnie will have to wait!
It is a simple design that I am hoping will appeal to all sewers as a quick and gorgeous dress to sew up with a few design variations (the second is currently on the ironing board!). The hemline is short but that is what gives it the sweet vintage appeal. The bonus of this dress will be that as Juliette grows taller, she can wear it as a top with pants. The dress took only an hour to sew once all cut and prepped. I love a quick project! So satisfying.
The dress is made from a light weight wool - leftovers from Isabella's winter coat. It is faced (lined) with an Aunt Grace print. The bodice is embellished with a sweet crocheted lace I found at Spotlight.
The back has a simple button and loop closure - so no scary zips or buttonholes!!
Aren't these the most beautiful illustrations you have ever seen? So innocent and sweet.
Juliette really lapped it up reading in bed, saying, "Mummy, I'm not finished the book. Come and take more photos!"
Did you love this book too? Turns out my friend An is also a huge Marcel Marlier fan - makes sense, since she is Belgian! Keep an eye on her blog over the next few weeks for her new pattern release.
For more Marlier beauty, have a look at my Marcel Marlier board on Pinterest.
Stay tuned for the next variation of Debbie's Birthday Dress!