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Project Runway 2588 Holiday Frock!

Added Jun 9, 2012

by Debbie Allin...

Washington, Unit...






I’ve been on holiday from work all week so have worked on 2 Project Runway dresses (the second is oh sooooo almost done!). Here’s the first. Fabric is from eBay and was used by Topshop last summer season for some pretty dresses I remember.

I was a lazy gal and left out the toile, just lengthening the bodice by 4cm as I’m cursed with long body-itis. Annoyingly the bodice was slightly too small around the waist but the navy panel either side of the zipper (tapering from being in line with the original seam at the top, to 1.5 cm wider than the original seam at the waist) was my cunning solution to avoid a whole new bodice (see what you think!).

It’s lined in fine cotton lawn as the main fabric is pretty see through.

It goes perfectly with my 50s styled navy suede platform sandals :)

Oh and sorry I didn’t really doll up for the DIY shoot – next time I’ll do hair and make up!

Material Notes

Embroidered cotton lawn in white with navy stitching. Lined in cotton lawn




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Sep 4, 2012, 10.50 AMby nikkihuffman

    Great print!

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      Sep 4, 2012, 06.25 PMby Debbie Allingham

      thanks – it actually embroidered in navy – a bulk buy on eBay that’s made this dress, a tunic for a 5 year old, a dress for a 9 month old and I still have a little left over!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 02.08 AMby caterina1980

    This is a fab dress, I really like the fabric the navy contrast side tabs are great nice work!

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    Jun 10, 2012, 01.30 PMby imvisible

    Very nice! That fabric suits perfectly with the pattern! ( And I love how your bedroom is styled) :)

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      Jun 12, 2012, 07.30 PMby Debbie Allingham

      Thank you! Bedroom all courtesy of Laura Ashley!

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    Jun 10, 2012, 11.00 AMby Mary Athey

    the fabric and the dress are gorgeous, love it x

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    Jun 10, 2012, 08.43 AMby laracrj

    OO i just bought this pattern. Very inspired to make this now, I love yours. It fits so beautifully – the tapered panel is a cunning plan that looks intentional, ties it all in nicely with the button straps at the sides!

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      Jun 12, 2012, 07.29 PMby Debbie Allingham

      thanks – I’m really chuffed with the panel and I think it adds a little something. Sat typin gthis wearing the dress (though it was a little chilly today but I was in the office!) Good luck with yours – look forward to seeing it :)

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    Jun 10, 2012, 06.05 AMby chillwear

    Love the dress & the fabric.

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    Jun 10, 2012, 04.01 AMby elisana

    love your dress! and totally agree with zsyzu: you’ve been dolled up by nature

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      Jun 10, 2012, 07.31 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Thank so much – that’s so sweet! Now to find a sunny day in the UK so that I can wear it (or find a funy matching raincoat!)

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    Jun 10, 2012, 12.06 AMby zsyzu

    I love the dress. It fits you well and it’s well made. Fabric is very cool as well. No need to doll up, you look perfectly beautiful!

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      Jun 10, 2012, 12.10 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Ah thank you – you made my night!! The fabric is amazing – I should really add a close up. And I bought 3m and still have 1.2m left over for something else :)

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    Jun 10, 2012, 12.05 AMby Mandy Denham

    I love the print!

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