This week's theme over at the Sew Weekly was drawing inspiration from a children's book (in honour of Children's Literature Week). Guess which books I choose?
Awww...Paddington Bear...isn't he such an adorable character? What I didn't know is that the first Paddington Bear book was written in 1958. Paddington also didn't get his trademark Wellington boots until 1964 in the book 'Paddington Marches On'. Did you ever read these books growing up or as an adult?
This week I decided to give it a go at making another 1960's dress. This one is from 1967:
I love views A & B--but decided to go with View B for my dress. There is something about the boat neck collar that reminded me of Paddington's Coat. I also knew that I wanted to make this in the iconic bright blue that Paddington wears.
In the spirit of Paddington, I wore my red rain boots and trekked over to Edinburgh's Waverly Railway Station for some photos :)
Some pictures show Paddington with a red hat, some with a black hat--well, I have a black hat!!
The dress is made out of cotton broadcloth and I also underlined the entire dress following Tasia's method. I really like how substantial it makes the dress feel. That's great for Scottish weather--so now I can wear the dress in spring, summer and autumn!!
I underlined the dress in a soft brushed cotton. I love the way brushed cotton feels!
I also got to use two amazing buttons I got as part of the Sewing Circle notion swap. I think they fit perfectly! I love them!!
What about you? What was your favourite children's book growing up? Did any characters especially stand out to you?