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Hint of pink

Added Oct 20, 2012

by laracrj

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!

Material Notes

Itchy wool!




Garment Type

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    Oct 24, 2012, 05.56 AMby flowergirl22

    very pretty,

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    Oct 22, 2012, 07.15 PMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    gorgeous – I have this pattern in my stash too, never touched it for the same reason as you – can’t find any fabric. Perhaps I will keep a look out for some tartan like yours xXx

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      Oct 22, 2012, 08.32 PMby laracrj

      Definitely, I was surprised by how much I liked it in the end – worth experimenting with some cheap fabric to test it out! Hopefully see yours soon! xxx

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    Oct 22, 2012, 05.21 PMby Emma Matilda

    Very pretty! Looks much better than on the pattern cover. Empire waist dresses are the cutest, and this one fits you perfectly!

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    Oct 21, 2012, 02.57 PMby frkbustad

    Looks super great! Well fitted and nice fabric choice.

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    Oct 21, 2012, 09.45 AMby janene

    Gorgeous dress. Fabulous fabric choice. It creates such a beautiful silhouette.

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    Oct 20, 2012, 11.05 PMby DanaRose84

    Well done! This fits you impeccably.

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    Oct 20, 2012, 05.48 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Very nice! You’ve done a great job with it.

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      Oct 20, 2012, 07.27 PMby laracrj

      Thank you! It was one of those dresses that I really wasn’t sure about until I finished it completely!

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    Oct 20, 2012, 05.36 PMby kihli

    Love your dress, especially with those pink bits! And you look great in it!

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      Oct 20, 2012, 07.27 PMby laracrj

      Thanks, I like them too – thought it made it a bit more modern!

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    Oct 20, 2012, 03.17 PMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous. stick a light slip under it .love the tartan x

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      Oct 20, 2012, 07.28 PMby laracrj

      Thank you – good plan – would definitely solve the itching!

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    Oct 20, 2012, 03.08 PMby sewneenee

    I love your dress, I think it looks so much better than the pattern envelope. Great fabric choice, even if a bit itchy, at least you look great!

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      Oct 20, 2012, 07.28 PMby laracrj

      Thank you! Wasn’t sure what else to do with the fabric and very pleased with the end result!

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