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kelseys dress

Added Aug 26, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






My daughter has a habit of sending me photos of dresses etc and asking can i make them or she’ll give me something to copy. This dress she gave me is one of her favourite’s so i set about copying it for her. This was the first time i used my binder maker and although its not perfect i was so pleased with it. I nornally just cut strips of fabric stitch them to the armhole or neck then double fold and stitch again!! I needed something like proper binding this time though as the binding’s extend to the straps. I’m now in love with my binding maker and my daughter was delighted with the dress.The origonal dress cost £40 and mine was £4 x

Material Notes

cotton based jersey


Garment Type

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    Sep 12, 2013, 04.44 AMby Vayle

    Nice dresses! Beautiful colors and definetly beautiful daughter :) Shes only 3 years younger than me! :D

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      Sep 12, 2013, 05.21 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, my son andrews 24 and kelseys 20 x

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    Aug 27, 2013, 05.38 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Nice fabric and matches well the pattern – and perfect saving as well:) And I can’t but join the girls’ opinion about the family beauty of your family, your genes should be spread as more as possible to make the world nicer:)

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      Aug 27, 2013, 06.41 PMby Mary Athey

      thank is such a lovely thing to say oksana, thank you so very much xx

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    Aug 27, 2013, 05.10 PMby KristinaBerisha

    your daughter is beautiful as you , and when mamy makes so pretty dress everything has to be perfect

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      Aug 27, 2013, 06.40 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you kristina, i’m making kelsey a one shoulder maxi at the moment so fingers crossed it looks nice x

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    Aug 27, 2013, 09.21 AMby bethmaryharley

    How clever you are! This is so lovely and the fabric is awesome! I love little Lily’s outfit too! So cute! :-)

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      Aug 27, 2013, 03.13 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much beth. its such a compliment when my daughter loves what i make for her and lily x

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    Aug 27, 2013, 12.11 AMby schnui

    You are a clever Mum!!! I knew you would love the binder. I have bought 5, all in different sizes and they are all useful. Start a collection Mary because they make sewing life easier.

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      Aug 27, 2013, 12.28 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you schnui, i am going to buy more of them as i do love the one i have. I actually kept the scraps i had left over as i was so.impressed with my bindings lol. It’ll be great for the neck edges of tops etc where i want the binding to show. I have done binding before but it took me ages to.get it looking neat, this is so easy once you get the hang of it x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 11.19 PMby melodym

    Lovely dress, perfect reproduction. Your beautiful daughter is lucky to have your talent at hand!

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      Aug 26, 2013, 11.46 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much melody, i did get a big bunch of flowers from her so that was nice. I think she appreciates me lol x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 09.48 PMby rita61

    Very stylish ! Great on accomplishing the binder maker first try!

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      Aug 26, 2013, 10.24 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks rita, the binder maker really is a lifesaver for this type of strap. theres also a slip dresd in the new burda that i can use it on to make cute straps x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 08.46 PMby puffinlove

    I love your daughter’s confidence that you can copy anything! And look – you can! It’s a cute dress, I like the back, and that binding maker looks like a very handy gadget!

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      Aug 26, 2013, 09.07 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you puffinlove, i think my daughter is under the impression i can do anything!! well i did a good job with her and her brother if i say so myself lol. I do try to make her nice things and they mostly turn out not to shabby . The binder makers come in three sizes and i bought the biggest, they are brillant x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 06.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You are amazing! and a lovely mother! The dress looks fantastic and you did a really good job. Your daughter is lovely in the dress! I also have the binding maker and I probable should try to use it some time..

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      Aug 26, 2013, 07.14 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks ellen thats a really lovely thing to say. I had the binder maker for months before i even took it out of its packet lol.Ii had to use it for the straps on this dress and i was delighted that i’d bought it. You should give yours a go ellen, once you get the hang of it its great fun x

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      Aug 26, 2013, 07.39 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s true, I have to give it a new try because I also usually do it the way you’ve explain :)

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    Aug 26, 2013, 05.34 PMby Mbaliyethu

    The piping on that dress is magnificent,I love the design of the back,nice job Mary.

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      Aug 26, 2013, 05.47 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, i always have my heart in my mouth when i copy something in case it looks awful but i do love this on my daughter. xx

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    Aug 26, 2013, 04.25 PMby liliv-1

    I have told you again that your daughter is very very pretty…she’s a younger Mary Athey! All three of you are beautiful! Dresses are great as well, but your girl’s eyes are the real star!!

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      Aug 26, 2013, 05.27 PMby Mary Athey

      awww liliv that has made me smile, my mums gorgeous and looks incredible for her age, i hope we all look like her in the future. mum said good genes run in our family, i do hope so. my daughter and her little girl both have beautiful eyes and smiles x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 03.01 PMby Winnie Nkosi

    Your daughter is lucky to have a mother who can sew…nice dresses Mary and shes very pretty.

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      Aug 26, 2013, 03.55 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks winnie, its a huge compliment to me when she wesrs something i’ve made as shes fussy lol x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 02.21 PMby Hadassa Dorcean

    oh thats cute such a beautiful summer print!

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      Aug 26, 2013, 02.24 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you, it does look fab on my daughter x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 02.07 PMby kisses

    Love it..Mary is that your daughter? She is beautiful

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      Aug 26, 2013, 02.09 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses and yes thats my daughter kelsey. Shes coming 21 and the little girl lily is her child. both are beautiful x

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