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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Dress

I have finished my dress!

I deliberately kept to the colour brown, as I wanted it to be versatile. The pink accessories came together as a result of spotting the skinny belt in the January sales for the bargain price of £2, and it went from there. (Sang, please note the absence of bright pink tights - I took your advice).

I knew I wanted to use the pattern below, as it's one I tried before and I like the fit. Great fabric designers don't necessarily always make the greatest pattern designers (or, patterns with instructions that are clear to follow), but this one is a gem. I feel like I have learned something from the process, and that my making of the dress improves a bit each time.

The idea for the twisted roses  just kind of came as I was making the dress and thinking about how to embellish it.  I'd had an initial flick through the Boden catalogue and thought about nicking one of the embellishment ideas from there, and then, well, you know I love adding twisted roses to just about anything.

I'm really happy with the finished result. It fits really well, and I felt good in it the instant I put it on. Believe me, this doesn't always happen with the things I make, so I make no apologies for having a little moment of gleefulness. Perhaps like the ridiculous throwing back of the head laughter the woman pictured below is experiencing? Maybe I am not quite so gleeful after all. But it feels like the effort of a few evenings was worth it - and I am definitely riding high on a freshly finished project wave where I feel the need to bore everyone I encounter about how much I enjoy sewing. So watch out.

Ready for the awkwardly posed moment? Go on then...

LOVING my dress :)


  1. I love your dress too. One of my goals this year is to (learn to) make a garment. I've had a go at taking in existing trousers and skirts, but it would be lovely to make something from scratch. So far though, I think the only thing I've made is curtains! Do you think this pattern would be something a beginner sewist could follow?
    Thank you :-)

  2. Learning to sew your own clothes can save you money, as well as help you develop a sense of pride and accomplishment.

  3. Alice - go for it! The instructions are good (right down to holding your hand through the zip bit) - and besides, what's the worst that can happen?! The Lisette patterns are also great - Simplicity do them.
    Good luck! :)

    1. Thank you Janet. I shall give it a go... perhaps making a start with some summer weight fabric to give myself time!