Mushrooms and cornflowers amongst the trees

Went for a walk the other weekend, with my lovely friend Nikki. We both had outfits to photograph, it was a beautiful day – seemed like a good excuse to head up to Truby King gardens for fresh air and photos-for-blogs.

Plus, my new dress is green and has mushrooms on it. Dresses like that deserve to be photographed amongst trees, don’t you think?

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This pattern-and-fabric combination came about as a result of the 0 Degrees of Sewing Separation Challenge that the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network did. Jen, Mel and I decided to create links between our projects – Jen and I both had this mushrooms cotton, Mel and I both had the Bleuet dress from Deer & Doe. As you can see, I was the link between their two projects. πŸ™‚

linked dresses

(You can read all about Mel’s Bleuet dress here, and Jen’s mushrooms Alameda dress here.)

(‘Bleuet’ means ‘cornflower’ in French, in case you’re wondering where cornflowers fit into this story.)

Funny story about this fabric – Jen discovered it at a Fabric-a-brac event a while ago – it was the only length of it there, and we’d never seen it anywhere else. Naturally, she snapped it up superfast.

Then a couple of months after that, our parents went on holiday to the States, and mum bought us both back two lengths of fabric for our birthdays. And one of the two lengths she gave Jen was… the mushrooms cotton! Seriously, what are the chances?!? Anyway, Jen and I switched fabric – I got the mushrooms (because – ‘shooms!) and Jen got a cotton with pirates and skulls on it (which she’s planning on turning into a dress. Because, dresses.)

Anyway, we now have dresses in the same fabric – wheeee!!!

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This is the second time I’ve made the Deer & Doe Bleuet dress. The first time was in a lightweight stretch denim, and gets worn quite a bit. I did several of the same alterations for this one, and added a couple more as well. This time ’round, I:

  • Lengthened the skirt by a lot (I forget how much – maybe 10cm or possibily a bit more?)
  • Did a small bust adjustment and removed 4cm in total from the bust
  • Added 2cm to the width of the sleeve cuff (last time they were a little bit too tight)
  • Spaced the buttons further apart than the pattern called for (because really, I didn’t want to do that many button holes! Plus my buttons are quite large so suit the wider spacing more)
  • Only interfaced one side of the collar and collar stand
  • Didn’t interface the sleeve cuffs
  • And I stitched a spare button onto the seam allowance of the skirt – it’s a habit I’m trying to get into, in case a button gets lost at some point, as it means I’ll always have a replacement one handy.

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I wanted to pipe the princess seams of the dress, so that they stand out a bit. Otherwise, they’d get completely lost in this print. After a bit of debate (there were quite a few colours to choose from that could have worked) I went with a soft grey for contrast. (My sister used a dark brown on her dress for contrast, so you can see how they both look against the ‘shrooms.)

I used the same grey for the bow in the back.

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And for the sleeve cuffs.

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And also for the inside of the collar stand, which I slip-stitched down by hand along the bottom edge. I spent a while trying to decide whether to use it for the outside of the collar stand as well, but decided to use the ‘shrooms for the outside, and the grey for the inside for a little pop of contrast.

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

(Haha I chuckle when I use the word ‘pop’ these days. A friend/colleague of mine who is a designer utterly hates that word. It may be creeping into my vocabulary more often than usual as a result. Coz I’m a terrible person like that sometimes.)

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The ‘shrooms are directional, so I had to think a bit when cutting out the collar – which way to put them? I went with having them upright at the back collar. Wanna see something I’m pretty amazed by? Check out that pattern matching on the back collar – some of those mushrooms line up perfectly with the ones on the back bodice, making perfectly complete little ‘shrooms across both sections. Yippie! Totally intentional, of course. (Hah!)

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The inside is finished simply with overlocked/serged seams. Rather than pressing the princess seams open, I finished both sides of the seam allowance as one and pressed to the side. The hem is done with Hug Snug and a machine blind hem.

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And, you know. ‘Shrooms dress, in the woods. Gotta pretend to be a ‘shroom, right?

Mushrooms Bleuet | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Big thanks to Nikki for taking all the garment photos. Thanks, Nikki! πŸ™‚ (Here’s her outfit that we took photos of at the same time, if you’re interested.)

sitting on log

Here’s a few photos I took up at Truby King, just to round things off. I love it up there – tumbling bricks, massive rhododendrons, tall trees and all.

white flowers


blue flowers




road and wall

21 responses to “Mushrooms and cornflowers amongst the trees

  1. Love your fabulous dress! I can appreciate just how much work has gone into it! Great fit, great work. Love those mushrooms!

    • Aww thank you! πŸ™‚ I’ve really been enjoying taking my time with sewing a lot more this year, making hems and things a lot prettier. It’s so much fun!

  2. ‘SHOOOOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀ I love the dress, Kat. πŸ™‚ The grey contrast looks so good. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Nice job on the totally intentional pattern matching at the collar! πŸ˜‰

    • Haha I am so impressed with that pattern matching – couldn’t have achieved as good a match if I tried! πŸ˜‰

  3. Mushroooooms! How cute is that? the pictures look magic, perfect place for a shroom dress! Love the grey details, especially the bow shape in the back!

    • Aww thank you! It was a lot of fun, wandering around in the trees getting the photos. πŸ™‚ (Although also rather cold, haha! Short sleeved dress photo shoots in winter, hmmmm….)

  4. I love it! I’ve been eyeing up the Bleuet dress for ages but I’m just not sure I can face sewing all those buttons. The bow detail is so cute, I love the contrast detailing you’ve done.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ You can always use less buttons (like I did) or even snap fasteners (which is what I used for my first Bleuet dress, and worked really well – no buttons or buttonholes required yay!)

  5. Beautiful gardens and a very cute dress!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I love Truby King gardens – they’re one of my favourite spaces to go walking in, all filled with tumbling-down bricks, over grown areas, and big trees with fabulous views peeking out from between them. πŸ™‚

  6. You look so beautiful in that gorgeous dress! And I love the garden photos!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I think I might try and get photos any time I go anywhere scenic for blogging pics – I’ve been really enjoying seeing them on some other blogs I follow. Glad to know some people enjoyed them here as well! πŸ™‚

  7. Shrooms are good things! As is your dress πŸ™‚ It was a really fun walk taking photos, pretending to be mushrooms and changing outfits in the winter sun πŸ™‚
    The grey contrast looks really good and I hadn’t noticed the collar matching before either – I’m impressed!
    Love it!

  8. Lol! Love your impersonation of a mushroom. And the blue with the green is a really nice combo. Love piping too! Sweet!!

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  10. This is so cute! Looks like a fun day in the woods! But wait- I didn’t know you had a sister who sewed! How fun!

  11. I was so amazed when I saw you used this material! I lived in the USA for years and bought this exact one at Joanne fabrics – I’ve used it to make lunch bags and sandwich wraps. Love your dress version! I’ve lived in Australia for the last year (followed your blog for ages) and sure miss all the cheap fabrics I used to be able to get so I was very happy to see this one has made it across the sea!

  12. Oh gosh, how BRILLIANT is this dress! I love it. You have such an eye…

    Also, this has reminded me that I’ve had the pattern for ages, but had forgotten about it!

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