The Appelstroop dress, made in bold floral Art Gallery fabric

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I've been a busy sewing bee these past few weeks, with little time for writing. So I thought I'd finally get my writing fingers out and say some lovely things about a dress.

This is the Appelstroop Sundress by the Eli Monster. As part of the ambassador team, I got to choose a pattern for this month, and well, Layla actually chose the pattern! She loved the open back detail on this dress, so that's what won her heart.

The dress is a fairly simple design, with a standard bodice front and a big gathered skirt, but what sets it apart from other dresses, is the button waistband, and of course, that open back.

The back fastens with two hook and eye closures on the very inside, almost invisibly joining the two back edges together. Then over the top is a detachable big bow.

I made an error when sewing the dress, not taking into account Layla's tiny waist, so of course, the age 6 waistband was huge on her. I had to take in the centre back seam a good couple of inches, which makes the button closure slightly off to one side. But no worries, it was easily fixed. The dress is made in age 7 height, so I blended sizes according to the instructions.

And just a quick mention of this glorious fabric. This is Petally Splendid by Art Gallery Fabrics. This is part of the Splendid Fusion collection, with this print being designed by Sharon Holland. By now you must know my love affair with big bold florals? Well, I think Layla is following in my footsteps because she just adores this print too.

We're just waiting for some warm weather. We've had glorious sunshine and dry days for weeks, but with a seriously cold easterly wind which is making the 'feels like' temps very wintry... not at all suitable for open back sundresses!

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