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Easy peasy orange dress

Added Nov 22, 2011

by janelee1984

London, United K...






This was a pattern in February’s edition of the magazine that I wanted o make for ages. It says intermediate on the pattern, but with the adjustments I made even a beginner with a short attention span (ie me) can knock this up over a weekend. I stupidly tried to do it on a Saturday morning before a friend’s wedding, got as far as finishing the edges and then ran out of time. I finally got to finishing it the other day and it only took me twenty minutes of extra work. Slightly gutted that I didn’t force myself to do it sooner!

The fabric is cotton, and the print is carousels and balloons. It’s a Makower fabric that I got from Fancy Moon (service was really quick, I am in the UK, and would recommend this seller). I bought it online with some Alexander Henry fabric, and I have to say the weight of this one was much better for dress making than the Alexander Henry.

I only used 1.5 metres of fabric and still have loads left. I did omit pockets and reduced fullness on the skirt so that’s probably why. I used bias tape on the edges instead of lining, I went through a month of loving the bias edging and this is one of the results. I also did a centre back zip. I haven’t found a invisible zipper foot for my machine (my machine is really for dolls clothes and crafts, I need an upgrade), so I just insert regular zippers.

The pattern said petite, but I still had to shorten the bodice a little to get the waist right. Also I ended up with a bit of a gape on the neck line at the back. This happens to me on shop bought garments too, and I don’t know why. If anyone knows how to correct this on a pattern I will love you forever.

Definitely going to make this one again. I will line the bodice this time and put in the pockets. It’s a fairly basic pattern so I think I’ll get away with having two in the wardrobe. Only major regret is the hem. Should of sewn it 2 cms higher, and I’m too lazy to go back and redo it!

Material Notes

100% Cotton




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    Nov 23, 2011, 07.09 AMby schnui

    Great dress and really great fabric. Well done.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 07.08 AMby janene

    Really love the contrast of the trim against the fabric. It’s a great pattern. I made it up in the summer from a vintage bed sheet! Its not too difficult to line the bodice. A bit fiddly perhaps but there are some great tutorials for this. I think I will have to try the bias trim method like yours next time though. I like it a lot!

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      Nov 23, 2011, 01.03 PMby janelee1984

      I saw yours ages ago and it was one of the reasons I wanted to try the pattern (don’t think it looks that nice in the mag!). Definitely going to try lining it and maybe using a wintry fabric like a flannel.

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      Nov 24, 2011, 06.59 AMby janene

      Awww… I’m really flattered, thank you! I think a flannel / wintry fabric would be lovely. Will keep an eye out! :-)

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