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Howdy helicopter

Added Feb 13, 2011

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






So one fine day when i was op shopping to try and find a new handbag, i came across a budgie the little helicopter bedspread!! So exciting. One of my most favorite shows as a little one.
At the time i didnt have any garment in mind, but knew i could never pass it up.

About a week later i was in the fabric store and feeling a little bit lazy, so decided to just flick through the pattern books. I found this amazing vogue pattern, which was rather simple, but so pretty. Naughty me bought it, and it was about $30. Naughty, because i feel very slack buying a pattern these days after completeling advanced pattern making…..but i really wasnt in the mood to draft up a pattern.

Unfortunately, the bedspread wasnt big enough to fit the huge circle skirt the pattern comes with, so i used two large strips, gathered them, and then put two large inverted plears and centre front and centre back. I also added just a little strip of red between the bodice and the skirt, which i think just breaks it up a bit.

Also, lazy me should have made a toile for the bodice. I never seem to learn. The front gapes a bit, which is really annoying, as if id stopped to think for a while, i would have remembered i have this issue with alot of patterns! It also would have been good just to pivot a bit out of the back scoop, just so it sat a bit better at the back.

Overall, im not too fussed about those two issues, because its more of a casual dress. Although it does look quite dressy without a t-shirt underneath (sorry, i couldnt be bothered trying to find somewhere to change in the gallery sculpture gardens on this cold and wnidy day)

Anywho, hope you enjoy it, its ssuch a super fun dress, and im completely inlove with the bow at the back! Even though it is very hard to do it up yourself and get it right.

p.s. thank you again to my awesome friend Mr. J Spring, for his funtastic photos :)

- Ruffles

Material Notes

Lap zipper, Budgie the little helicopter bed spread, interfacing.

Pattern number: V1102




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Preppy, Romantic

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.37 PMby wonderlandalys

    Ha ha, this dress makes me smile. I used to love Budgie.

    On a more serious note the pattern is beautiful and the bow is so pretty.

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.53 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

      thanks for your lovely comments and your add!! cant wait to see what you upload :)

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.37 PMby wonderlandalys

    Ha ha, this dress makes me smile. I used to love Budgie.

    On a more serious note the pattern is beautiful and the bow is so pretty.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 02.35 AMby olystyrene

    Nice work, the colours on this are excellent! I too have made some interesting garments out of old kids’ curtains and bedsheets. They force rainbows into your day which can be difficult to achieve when you’re no longer a child… ramblings! P.S. that bow on the back is so wonderfully dramatic, i love it!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.07 PMby dilshadburman

    Adorable! The bow in the back just makes it! I have to try this with a pinafore!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 11.10 AMby wendyondesign

    so cute and fun. I love the bow at the back!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 02.12 AMby mollykatherine

    Oh fantastic! I was wondering how you were going to put your own spin on th pattern! Its funny how two people can make the same thing, yet have the end result turn out so differntly! its so cool. Love your version, so bright and fun, well done!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 12.08 AMby twoboos

    This is ADORABLE!!! I love it!!! I like making PJ’s out of kids bed linen! It’s fun… love this dress idea!!!! well done!!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 10.12 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    hand up I’ve also played the make-a-dress-out-of-a-duvet-cover game, its very fun, this one has worked very well :-)

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    Feb 13, 2011, 09.35 PMby sarsaparilla

    Awesome dress! The pleats look really great. I loved Budgie, best show ever :)

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    Feb 13, 2011, 12.49 PMby skeeler

    I adore the pleats!!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 10.31 AMby groovymama

    Ruffles – this is absolutely fan-freakin’-tastic!! I love everything about it. I’m also a bedspread fan and have made many dresses from new and vintage bedspreads….

    Wow, can’t really get my hands down. I love this…

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      Feb 13, 2011, 10.33 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      teehehe. Thank you so much :) it definately puts a smile on my face!

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