I finally got on the bandwagon and whipped up an adorable (if i do say so myself) Gernaium dress. There’s a lot of hype online about this pattern and I now know why. Its that awesome. Truthfully, its very similar in construction and fit to the Oliver + S Bubble Dress (which I love!) Cap sleeves, gathered skirt, lined bodice… There are a few differences – the Bubble Dress has a fully lined skirt and an obvious bubble on the bottom of the skirt. And while I did love the ease of the construction of the Gernaium dress, the finished project of the Oliver + S pattern does produce a slightly more refined and polished end result. The construction of the back enclosure and the way the bodice is attached to the skirt produce a more professional looking finish, but honestly, the speed with which I was able to churn this sucker out trumps spending THAT much more time getting the more finished look. I think its worth it.
The pattern: Made by Rae’s Geranium Dress
The fabric: Wild World – Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics. Westminster Fibers – Flower Child
The modifications: I followed the pattern as written. Although, next time I will use probablyactually’s suggestions and add flat piping to the dress. Because it just looks so darn cute. But also, it will eliminate the need to stitch-in-the-ditch when attaching the bodice to the skirt. Because while it doesn’t look awful, I’m just really not digging the part of the pattern where you attached the bodice.
The Verdict: There will be more Geranium dresses in our future. Without a doubt. In fact, I already have the next version in the queue. Its a random yard of Liberty quilting cotton I picked up at my last fabric store run – it just screams fall Geranium dress to me. Paired with woolen stockings and a knit cardi perhaps?