styling Blythe: sunny yellow spring dress

Last weekend I made a little time for sewing a new dress for my Blythes. It was nice warm weather again for a few days and all the sunshine and melting snow had me really craving spring.

Ash, wearing a new sunny yellow AnneArchy dress and an old but loved Katie Cardigan

It’s a basic empire waist dress for Blythe (modified version of the Pucci Collective pattern that doesn’t seem to be available online anymore). I have a template for the bodice that I modified from the pattern years ago, and I pretty much always just freehand the skirt these days. I did make the bodice a bit shorter than usual when I put the dress together this time. I was going for a more exaggerated empire style and I think it worked well. For this dress I used some fabric from my yellow scraps pile (have I mentioned that I have a rainbow of scraps piles? I can’t bear to get rid of fabric unless the piece is so small that I can’t conceivably find a use for it, and since I do so much small-scale sewing, a piece has to be truly tiny to not have a potential use!), so the fullness of the skirt was mostly determined by the size of the fabric scrap I chose. I neglected to take a close-up of it, but you can kind of see that I used a decorative floral stitch in an off-white/tan thread at the hem. This is one of the standard fancy stitches my machine is programmed to do.

Ash, wearing a new sunny yellow AnneArchy dress and an old but loved Katie Cardigan

I also added a couple of scale off-white/tan buttons to the bodice. Totally decorative, not functional, but in this case that doesn’t bother me.

My original goal when I started to make this dress was also to spend a little time styling Ash.

Ash, wearing a new sunny yellow AnneArchy dress and an old but loved Katie Cardigan

I tried a few different things but ended up with my standard trusty pair of lace tights, a pair of grey suede(esque) boots, a Katie Cardigan (in Pennyroyal Aloft by Knit Picks), and of course the new yellow dress. The color of the cardi is a light, silvery purple, but I think that it goes quite well with the brownish-based off-white of the buttons and embroidery on the dress. It’s not a pairing I would have picked without looking, but after putting things next to each other, it worked! I really need to make myself some more of these cardigans. I love this pattern and I could use one in a variety of colors.

I’m pleased with this overall look. It’s sunny and springy in the yellow, but the cardi and boots show that it’s still solidly winter here, and we’re just trying to feel the coming season.

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