Having named a new pattern for the designer Patty Young (a great prize in itself), I received an extremely generous prize from her in the post.
So I got to work. To increase the fun from the prize, I didn't use the fabric and pattern together.
Firstly I made Kyoko using a solid babycord and I lined it with gingham as well as making my own bias binding - this was all very easy which has a lot to do with the clear instructions in the pattern.
The obi belt is so great looking and was also easy to make.
Then I went looking for some dress patterns and found one I had been thinking about in a Japanese book 'My Favourite Dress'. I made a few changes to this pattern - buttons instead of a zip, different fabric in the pleats, lined the whole top of the dress.
Attaching the pleats was the most time-consuming part, but it turned out very pretty. I adore this Mod Blooms cord - it is so striking.
I wasn't sure about the pockets, but added them anyway and sewed some 'mini dots Kiwi' ribbon on top.
Well, this was, and is, such a great prize, from a very talented and extremely generous designer.