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Lions, Tigers, and Reindeer Horns

Added Mar 28, 2012

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






I bought this great bedspread from an op shop probably half a year ago, and i think i intended to make a little skirt overall thing. But as time went on i got lazy and it never happened.

This year for my 21st my best friends mum, who is Norwegian gave me 6 Reindeer antler buttons. Refer to the last picture for more details haha. The bed spread was perfect, and it was all ready patch worked, so i took it apart and played with all the panels and took off the lion trim and this is what came of it all.

I used vogue pattern V1102. Which i have previosuly used for my Howdy Helicopter project. However this time i made some fittind adjustments. I altered the front pattern piece so it didnt have this small gapeing amount at the cf neck, (which annoyed me so so so much when i had finished my first version, kicked myself for not making a muslin) and then pivotted out a bit out of the cut out back so it sat flatter against my body.

I used my brand new Huskvana Emerald 203 which was super fun and exciting, which i also got from my extended family for my 21st! I Even embroided machine writting for the first time onto the inside bodice!

Self lined, moved the invisible zip from CB to the left side seam and shortened the hem line by about 15cm. I closed up the back with some ruched/gathered fabric, and added the decrotive lion panel across the top. Still think ill add a little brown bow to the back….just as a finishing touch!

This dress is super fun and im so happy i didn’t use this fabric earlier (wooo for hording yeh?!?) and because it’s autumn over here the colours are perfect!


OH! and i added one pocket on the right side….couldn’t figure out how to put one where the zipper was….anyone?

Material Notes

Quilted cotton bead spread




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    Aug 26, 2012, 09.05 PMby Alán Bigelow

    wowowowow !!! such a wonderfully executed dress, and i love the patterns … giving me inspiration !

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      Aug 27, 2012, 02.02 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      ah thanks :) always handy when u pick up absolute treasures in op shops!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 12.59 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Another Great Creation!!! I agree to hording fabric!!! and other dressmaking materials!!! again shoes!!! they’re amazing!!! I’m going to look at some :-D

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      Aug 15, 2012, 04.57 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      do it! best investment you could ever make!

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    Apr 13, 2012, 05.03 AMby magdamagda

    what a dreamy fairytale! perfectly charming outfit!

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      Apr 13, 2012, 08.29 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      thanks pretty :)
      its very fun to wear n_n

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    Mar 31, 2012, 08.31 AMby urbandon

    Of course I absolutely LOVE this.

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    Mar 28, 2012, 05.44 PMby madebymeg

    wow! very creative, perfectly put together, and beautifully styled!

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    Mar 28, 2012, 05.10 PMby chillwear

    Amazing use of fabric, love the look of the dress. Fun to hoard material until something clicks to get the imagination going. Love the shoes too! Who makes them?

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    Mar 28, 2012, 04.57 PMby suzetewilliams

    I recognised this pattern straight away, but I think you were very clever with it. I adore this dress because of the fabric and individual way you have made it. Definitely going into my favourites. Well done girl!

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    Mar 28, 2012, 04.07 PMby candicej

    This whole look is just so awesome!

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    Mar 28, 2012, 03.47 PMby melonhead

    That dress is so cool! I love the print and the buttons…just everything about it is so perfect! :)

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    Mar 28, 2012, 10.42 AMby pambox

    I’m really tempted to come down to Canberra, find you, and steal this dress. It is just fantastic.

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    Mar 28, 2012, 07.44 AMby TailorFairy

    love the interesting look of your dress! such a great idea! well done

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    Mar 28, 2012, 07.37 AMby kelseykay

    i love that you used a bed sheet to make this, no one would of every known!

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    Mar 28, 2012, 07.29 AMby paunnet

    Such a unique dress! I love it :)

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