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Liberty Print Summer Frock

 This is such a quick and easy pattern, which I made up to wear to a friend’s wedding.  I splashed out a bit on 2m of stunning Liberty Print Tana Lawn, which mean that I had to line this throughout as it is a little see-through!

This simple bodice and flared skirt style seems to be popular at the moment – I keep coming accross dresses like this in Monsoon priced at £75 and thinking I could make it myself for a fraction of the price.

The belt was from H&M, and I found a pale pink tailored jacket which goes perfectly with this.

Such a multi-coloured pattern means you can pick out any of the colours for accessories / shoes / bags / hats etc – so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this in the years to come.

Definately worth splashing out on the Liberty Print!

Simplicity 2444

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LBD in Sumptuous Silk

Not a great photo at all of what is actually a really nice dress!  I really should have ironed it, shouldn’t I? And the sheen on silk dupion makes it hard to photograph well.

The dupion was a Christmas present, bought from the lovely Ray Stitch, and was such a pleasure to sew.

 

 

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Not-quite-sure Navy Spot Dress

This is another version of the lovely Simplicity 2550, (see also my little black dress).  I’m not sure this was quite so successful, for some reason.

The fabric is a navy polka dot synthetic something-or-other I picked up from St Albans market for a few pounds a metre.  I liked the idea of a spotty version of this and intended it to be for a friend’s February wedding, but in the end it just didn’t quite do it for me so I wore something else instead.

I had a few problems with the bodice fitting this time, probably because the fabric was so fluid and drapey compared to the crisp black linen mix I used last time.

Despite all this moaning, its still a nice dress sitting in my wardrobe awaiting its first outing! I would definately wear it with a jacket or cardigan over the top, and just need to pluck up courage to wear it ‘au naturale’!!

Simplicity 2550

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The Totally Un-tuckable Shirt Dress

Another great pattern here in Simplicity 2403. I’ve made this up to look like a skirt and top, which is perfect for the office. Fun to make, though if I were to use this pattern again I would add a few inches to the top half as the waistline is fairly high for me.  

Simplicity 2403

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Bright ‘n’ Spotty Button Back Blouse

I love this pattern, and have now made the Lotus Cami twice – will post the other version soon!

The one problem I have is that it is almost impossible to do up all of the back buttons on your own – there is always one right in the middle that needs a second pair of hands.

This spotty cotton was from Fabric Factory in Jersey, for a whopping £3 per metre.  Shell buttons and white bias binding trim really finish it off, I think.

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Little Black Dress

This is a gem of a pattern – easy to make and a flattering shape.  Another of the Project Runway designs – Simplicity 2550.

A great little black dress which I’ve worn over and over again – the real test of a great pattern.

Simplicity 2550

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Linen Stripe Ruffle Dress

A nice breezy linen summer dress which can be dressed up or down on a hot day.

This is one of the excellent Simplicity Project Runway patterns, Simplicity 2724 with endless variations.

As usual, I didn’t bother with a muslin, and now regret it as the top half is a bit short and so the waistline is much too high for my liking.  This happens to me fairly often – always with Simplicity patterns, so I must remember to add a few inches before cutting out my next attempt at this one.

All in all an easy pattern and pleasing summer dress that looks great with a white belt.

Simplicity 2724

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