Added Oct 20, 2012
Cardiff, United ...
I’ve been wanting to use this pattern for ages, but couldn’t commit any fabric to it in my mind. Then I found this wool on sale (down to £3 a metre and it’s 100% wool!!) and thought it would be perfect as I didn’t want to use it for anything else. I used Simplicity 2588, which was very simple to put together.
The tartan actually has red lines in it, but I wanted to make it a bit less christmassy so I topstitched the grey band and the hem in fuschia and added pink buttons – somehow now the red looks pink from a distance, which I much prefer!
It’s a slightly itchy dress to wear, but I didn’t want to line it because I thought it would be quite warm anyway. Fastened it with an invisible zip at the back, which was quite simple and I’m very pleased with the way the tartan matches up. Once I attached the skirt to the bodice I realised the bodice was a bit long, but I was too lazy to unpick it all so I put a tuck just under the bust line to take it up an inch or so. I also now love in seam pockets and the discovery that I can sew buttons on my machine!
This is the perfect dress to wear to school, but I wore it to an art exhibition today and felt nicely dressed still – it feels quite classic with the tabs (and especially worn with big sunglasses!) Hope you like!
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