PATTERN: Hacked Sew Over It Doris Dress bodice
FABRIC: Les Fleurs Rayon by Rifle Paper Co.
Since this fabric arrived I always thought it had a Nineties maxi vibe to it. After lots hunting around for patterns and inspiration I decided to use the bodice from the SOI Doris Dress which I crudely lengthened. My original idea was to have the dress buttoned down the front, but once cut, I preferred the casual style of the wrap front - that and the idea of avoiding 18 button holes!
PATTERN: Self drafted pattern
FABRIC: White lace, refashioned from Boohoo.co beach dress
After falling in love with this Self-Portrait dress, or maybe it was just the dream of being there!, I decided that I had to make myself a copy. Hunting down the perfect fabric proved tricky and in a moment of genius I decided to look at shops for something I could cut up and re-use. Luckily I found a good enough match online - although I'm not best pleased at the 'fast fashion' website I bought it from! The cotton lining fabric in peach/nude was bought from John Lewis.
I sketched out the pattern and drew up the pattern pieces to my measurements and putting the dress together took no time at all after I made a toile. I even managed to salvage the straps, saving myself from making some bias binding!
Not a bad job in my opinion...although I'll have to make sure I don't get myself some floral tan lines on my stomach!
Photos by Olly Cooper
PATTERN: Self drafted pattern from bodice block
FABRIC: Black flower embroidered chiffon | John Lewis Black poly-cotton | Rolls & Rems, Lewisham
The making of this dress had a mind of its own. When I started cutting into the fabric it was destined to look very different.
The result, is an airy relaxed dress that I will end up wearing much more often than the intended dress.
I didn't have much room for error, or the possibility to make a whole dress in the one fabric. In any case, at £30 a metre I couldn't bring myself to! So I decided upon a separate bodice piece in the flower embroidery and this great black fabric with the perfect drape as the lining/skirt with an elasticated waist. This was initially intended to be made from a black chiffon from John Lewis which frayed like a Bitch and had a cheap un-drapey-ness which I was not happy with.
Ultimately, I'm thrilled with this result and am glad I took the time and effort to un-pick the chiffon and replace with this lightweight fabric, perfect for the Summer!
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”
― Yves Saint-Laurent
DRESS AND FABRIC INSPIRATION
PATTERN: Coco dress Tilly and the Buttons
FABRIC: Navy & white stripe cotton knit, Stof & Stil Copenhagen
This dress was a quick sew up and was my first time using a Tilly and the Buttons pattern. It is one of only a few patterns where I have not had to make any alterations for fit. Which was a perfect pattern for me to whip up to get me out of a sewing funk.
The fabric is a quality cotton knit that I picked up in Stof & Stil in Copenhagen (which is very near to the train station and is absolutely worth checking out).
Pictures were taken in the breathtaking Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
PATTERN: Lark Tee Grainline Studios
FABRIC: Red and ivory stripe jersey, Fabric Godmother
Another quick sew, I made this Lark Tee (my second) with 3/4 length sleeves and a boat neck. I adjusted the pattern to bring the side seams in for a tighter fit. Next time I will also bring the neckline in a little from the shoulders.
I am working my way through all of the Grainline Studios patterns. The wearability and style of each design easily makes them my favourite pattern company, as I am sure is the same for many others!