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Lollipop Roald Dahl dress - Summer Sloper Design Contest

Added Aug 9, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






As it was my birthday today it had to be a lollipop and it had to be Roald Dahl (one of my favourite authors)!

I am so fortunate, I live very close to the famous Roald Dahl Gallery. So I did not have to travel too far to take these fabulous photos!

I had this dress in mind for a while. I bought this pastel blue quality linen last year and I only envisaged a waist gathered dress with a white border. I added the vintage lace to define the border and add an eye-catching, tiny see-through gap.

I used the Burda Basic Bodice Sloper, modified the sleeves (they are now an in-between length, not short – not long, but a retro elbow length). The skirt is a basic rectangle 1.40 m x 2 gathered round waist. The dress closes with a zip at the back. I have added my own neck facing, which was not difficult at all, I simply cut it following the main front/back pattern.

Otherwise I kept the dress as simple as possible, clear cut lines, fun, simplistic, and youthful. It does take me back to childhood.

Accessorised with: Bead collar with front tie – Victoria & Albert Museum collection; Other mock shirt collar necklace – New Look Accessories; Neon Shoes: Stefanel. Bracelets: Hand made from fresh water pearls. Glasses: Ralph Lauren Polo.

The photographs were taken at (and around) Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The Lollipop was a birthday treat (The Olde Sweet Shop)

Material Notes

100% linen, lace, fusible vielene for facings




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Vintage, Classic

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    Nov 28, 2014, 10.06 AMby cweetgal

    Your dress is super cute. the styling and photoshoot also is very creative. presents a joyful and happy mood:) How different are Burda patterns from these slopers? are lot of alterations needed to get a good fit ?

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      Dec 1, 2014, 06.25 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you. A lot more simple than you think. I have altered the sleeve length… and creased the skirt waist to match the top. And that’s it! Oh, and I designed the neck facings to match the bodice neckline. But that’s easy!!

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    Aug 21, 2014, 10.10 AMby VivianGrace

    I like what you’ve done here, very nice dress :) Thank you for sharing with us!

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    Aug 11, 2014, 03.46 PMby cris orange

    First of all happy birthday Irina! your “self-gift” is so sweet, love that delicate blue color and the yellow shoes to it. The lollypop is the perfect accessoire, don`t eat it :-))))

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    Aug 11, 2014, 06.07 AMby froggylonglegs

    This dress is Fab! You look stunning in it and its perfect for a birthday! Hope your day was great!!

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      Aug 11, 2014, 09.02 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, froggy! It was fun, indeed!

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    Aug 10, 2014, 11.00 AMby IDia

    What a doll! I LOVE this! YOU Look fantastic!!!! Happy birthday to YOU xxxx ps. YOU are born in same day as my baby girl :-)

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      Aug 10, 2014, 08.58 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you!!! I know about the birthday dates, I have commented on Facebook ;-) We are strong Leos!!

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    Aug 10, 2014, 01.55 AMby rita61

    Great dress, and it looks like you had a fun birthday with those fun photos.

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    Aug 10, 2014, 01.09 AMby liliv-1

    Your dress is fantastic and you look fabulous in it!! Wish you happy birthday and goo luck!!

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    Aug 10, 2014, 01.06 AMby Bbtiny

    What a lovely dress! It fits you perfectly and you seem to feel so comfortable in it! The pics are great!

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      Aug 10, 2014, 07.11 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you! You can’t go wrong with linen. So easy to sew!

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    Aug 9, 2014, 08.49 PMby Irina Schwab

    Thank you Ellen. It was fun going back in time! So many kids grew up with “Charlie and the chocolate factory!” I had my portion of gobstoppers :-)

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    Aug 9, 2014, 08.46 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Congratulation! You deserve the best for your birthday! What a wonderful dress! You look like a princess in a fairy-tale! ;-))

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