when i read that the theme for kcw was storybook, i knew i needed to include papa piccolo. right now, it's isabel's favourite book, and for good reason. it's all about cats. papa piccolo is a tomcat in venice, italy, who finds and later adopts two orphaned kittens. the story appeals to isabel's compassionate heart, and the beautiful watercolour illustrations appeal to us all.
i knew immediately that i wanted to make the caroline party dress, a pattern i bought some time ago, but was too afraid to try because of the invisible zipper. the simple, classic lines remind me of stylish european clothing, and seemed a perfect fit for the italian cat. at first i tried to find some black and white fabric, or just black. i scoured the market, but i couldn't find anything, and i was starting to get despondant when i spotted this gorgeous rich purple and gold fabric. the book is full of rich and contrasting colours, so it seemed to be a great fit. i decided to add some kitten pockets on the front, for papa piccolo's two little kittens.
isabel, of course, loves her kitten pockets.
even though i was a bit scared of putting in an invisible zipper, it went very well. i had to unpick it and redo it about 4 times, but i'd rather take my time and get it right than regret not doing so every time i look at the dress. the instructions were great, so if you're worried about putting in a zipper, it's a great pattern.
|ta da! everything lines up!|