The Perfect Interview Dress – My 2nd SewDollyClackett Entry!

Hi again!

Today I also want to show you my second entry in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest! Here it is:

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The Perfect Interview Dress, Vintage Green Leather Purse, Lola Ramona Leopard Angie P Shoes

I LOVE this dress! It’s so soft and comfy and I feel great in it! 🙂

I used the same pattern as the Groovy Girls dress, but with a dirndl skirt instead of an A-line skirt. 🙂

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The fabric is a lovely soft cotton with a flower print and it’s vintage too! My mother bought it in the late 80’s to sew some curtains, but never did. I’m so happy I got to make a dress of it instead! 🙂

Here’s the back:

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There is absolutely NOTHING I would change in this dress! I learned from my previous mistakes and drafted a facing for the neckline and just stitched the armholes down with some tiny slip stitches. 🙂

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The green leather purse was bought by my grandmother in the early 50’s when she was working at a portfolio factory. I don’t know if she sewed just this exact purse, because she told me she mostly made suitcases.

Here’s a better view of my shoes:

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Yesterday had such lovely sunshine!

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Just strollin’ with the lawnmower… 

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This is my absolute favourite dress so far! I love it! ❤

Have a great day! 🙂

The Groovy Girls Dress – My 1st SewDollyClackett Entry

Hello!

Today I want to show you my first entry in the Sew Dolly Clackett Contest! I was so happy when this contest was announced because I love Roisin’s style 🙂

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The Groovy Girls Dress and Missoni for Lindex flats

I actually wanted to use By Hand London’s Anna dress pattern, but I was afraid it wouldn’t arrive quickly enough, so I decided to make my own version of the pattern.

So I went serching through all of my patterns and in the end I landed on the Portrait Blouse pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I used the drafting instructions for the Chantilly Lace version of the blouse, and I also lenghtened the tucks by ca. 7cm in the front (I left the back tucks original) and shortened the bodice pattern pieces by cutting them off at the waist. I also drafted the A-line skirt pattern and  moved the zipper placement from the side to the back.

Here’s the back of the dress:

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Finding the right fabric was the most fun part! I was thinking a long time about some fabric choices and actually cut out a dress in a lovely cotton with flowers.

But I couldn’t resist my old curtains (I had them when I was about 10 years old), and decided to give them a go.  And I must say, I quite like it! 🙂

Of course there is some things I would change, and plan to do some day, like replacing the self-fabric bias tape with facings in the neckline and armholes.

Here’s a better picture of my shoes:

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I wanted to match my shoes to the striped trousers on the girl to the right 🙂

It sure was a windy day when we were taking these pictures. My hair is all messy!

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Next up: My 2nd entry!

Happy Tuesday!

The Casino Dress! …that turned into a skirt!

Hello everyone!

I’m sorry it’s such a long time since my last post, I guess I will become better at this blogging-thing one day 🙂

Anyway. Do you remember the dress I told you about in my first post? The one from 2008 that I took apart to make separates?

Well, I felt it would be too bad not to show my very first homesewn piece of clothing on my sewing blog, so I went and sewed/basted it together!

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The pattern is from Retro Butterick, but I don’t know the number (I borrowed it), and the fabric is “Tumblin’ Dice” by Alexander Henry

I wish I still had the picture of the inspiration dress, because my dress really is a good copy of it. The biggest difference is that the background color is black instead of green, wich I think makes the inspiration dress more summery.

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I actually reconsidered to keep it as a dress, but as you can see it doesn’t fit very well, and it’s really not my style anymore.

So I took it apart one more time, and made a skirt!

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Much better I think!

This way I think the busy print is more wearable, because I can pair it with simple knit-tops and black tights for a fun look, perfect for fall. But I can also pair it with the belonging top every time I want to channel my inner Dolly Clackett! (If she would approve? I don’t know her personally, I’m just a big fan of her style) 🙂

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Casino Dress/Skirt – Handmade by me, Jo Cardigan Big Cherries – Collectif, Knit-top – H&M, the Perfect Petticoat Black – Emmy Design, Black tights – H&M, Wanda Shoes – Skopunkten, Cat-eye glasses – Daisy Dapper/Specsavers

Have you ever refashioned something you’ve made by hand?

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