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Lavender Hills

Added Aug 11, 2012

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






I bought this lovely Michael Miller fabric off ebay about 5 months ago now i think. I bought it because I was just searching for ‘nice landscape fabric’, thinking that would be something nice to sew with. I ended up buying 4 Panels of ‘Lavender Hills’, and including postage it ended up being $40.

When I got it I loved it, however got put to the side for quite some time, because I had no idea what to make with it.

It needed to be something simple, to show off the fabric, but couldn’t find a design I liked enough….

I used Tokomo Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic: Tying a Bow D. Easy to draft, the only thing I would change next time is, I wouldn’t make the bow/collar so wide. Maybe it’s just because the fabric I used was quite stiff, but its a bit too much fabric around my ever so sensitive neck. Ergh.

I made buttonholes with my beautiful new machine which makes beautiful amazing button holes. Tokomo just slashes where the bow goes through and leaves it raw….but im not the most overly careful person, so I could see that turning into my whole dress just unravelling…. Oh! And it also has inseam pockets. Nice big pockets for my hands and lip gloss.

The front plackett closes with snaps and the hem is a blind hem, both of which I hand sewed while watching a tacky movie.

I like the colours in this dress, however the other night when I was getting dressed, I literally had to stand in front of the mirror and try on like 4 different cardigans and pairs of shoes to figure out which looked best. Usually I can do this is my head….but all these pretty colours really made it hard!

Head over to my blog for more photos and a bit more rants!

Material Notes

Quilting Cotton
Snaps/Press Studs
Pattern Magic




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Other

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    Nov 1, 2012, 10.56 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Gorgeous fabric and i love the little tie detail! You picked the perfect pattern to make. And are those Melissas?

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      Nov 1, 2012, 11.33 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      haha yes they are! arent they the best :)!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 12.43 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Awesome dress!!! :-D Loooooooooove the fabric and your shoes!!!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 01.47 AMby katrinahueniken

    Wow, that fabric is amazing. I love the neckline, it’s so cute and different!

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    Aug 11, 2012, 02.25 PMby skeeler

    super cool, very inspiring indeed

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    Aug 11, 2012, 12.09 PMby Trudy McGrath

    I absolutely gobsmacked how cool that dress is, I love the fabric I never knew you can buy things like that on ebay!!! Superb :)

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      Aug 11, 2012, 02.00 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

      ebay is my go to for eveeeerrrrything!! if not ebay, then etsy hehe. thanks for your nice words :)

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    Aug 11, 2012, 11.57 AMby Mary Athey

    This is fab. i adore your fabric. is.nt ebay great!!! this is where i get most of my fabric as we.re sadly lacking in fabruc shops here. that said the dress looks fab on you. well done x

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