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Lolly Shop Kristen

Added May 25, 2010

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






Ahhh!!! I am so excited I have finished this dress!!! I have been working on it on and off for months now in between Bambino Pack gifts for all my friends popping out bambinos etc.

I used a lovely Emily Bloom craft print cotton instead of the chiffon, and because both the front and the back of the print would be visible on the neck line I did a double collar – one in the main fabric and one in the contrast. I only applied interfacing to the main (lighter in weight) fabric.

I am very, very happy how this dress turned out, however I did have to make a lot of alterations to the pattern. After deciding that the bodice was far too long for me and far to “puffy” at the sides (I prefer a more tailored look on my figure or else I just look frumpy) I shorted the bodice and took the sides in. I then got a bit nervous about the whole thing, (this is my first time at making such hard-core alterations to a pattern) looked at the lovely Sweet Talk that gorgeous Threadsquare made, asked her about it and discovered she had made pretty much the same changes – then tried to stop procrastinating and went for it!

This dress and the alterations I made to the pattern have really given me a better insight into my figure (my bodice bit is wayyy to short – I can see that now in previous dresses I have made) and into pattern alteration. Pity I couldn’t get it finished before the cooler weather came in. Oh well – always next year!

I had planned a lovely autumnal photo shoot for this dress. Unfortunately after months of drought the rain came yesterday – and yes, the photos were taken in our bathroom! Classy!

Material Notes

Cotton lawn and Emily Bloom craft print cotton.



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Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage



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    Jul 5, 2010, 08.15 PMby Elena Perletti

    OMG! soooooo cute! wonderful chosing of fabric!

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      Jul 6, 2010, 02.19 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much! xxx

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    May 26, 2010, 02.20 AMby elisana

    LOVE it! Nessy, you did a great job. You look gorgeous!

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      May 26, 2010, 02.47 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey!! I am glad I persevered!

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    May 25, 2010, 05.06 PMby socksrocks

    I love your fabric choice! I hadn’t liked this pattern until I saw your version of it, but you did such a nice job it is going on my to sew list. Thanks for explaining all your mods too!

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      May 26, 2010, 12.34 AMby nessys

      Thank you very much! xx

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    May 25, 2010, 03.38 PMby threadsquare

    I was stopping by today to see what you’ve done lately, and couldn’t believe that this didn’t show up in my news feed! Major kudos for finishing, and even bigger bravo for the results! Seriously, double collar, matching up the print so expertly, taking on the necessary alterations for a great fit. You’d better rock that dress, winter or not. Red lips, red shoes…that’ll drive away the chill ;)

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      May 26, 2010, 12.35 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! Your suggestions and encouragement really helped xxxx

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    May 25, 2010, 12.56 PMby Passiona Cottee

    I love it! The colours, the fit, how happy you look. The feel is kinda quirky (in a good way!). And definitely original. Your efforts with the double collar, I couldn’t agree with more (I really don’t like seeing the wrong side of a print!). Time well spent! And, Sweets, you look fabulous all dolled up for this shoot – yes, I’m talking about your hair-do, the lippy and matching earrings. Sensational. (Let’s photoshop a 1940s or 50s diner as your background ;)

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      May 26, 2010, 12.43 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much Honey! And I love your “quirky” comment! This dress makes me feel as though I’ve raided some of Matt Preston’s cravats and made them into a dress! Thanks for mentioning the hair & lippy – I should have credited “superkawaiimama”: http://www.superkawaiimama.com.au for grooming inspiration! Thanks for your lovely comment xxxx (I have tried to get the link to work as per instructions – sorry – no luck!)

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    May 25, 2010, 11.16 AMby irmchen

    I give you a high five! I want this dress just for me! These colours would fit me and I have also a very high positioned waist. LIKE IT A LOT!

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      May 26, 2010, 12.47 AMby nessys

      Thank you Darl!! My waist is a constant cause of concern for me – it never seems to look right and now I think I know why!! Persistence pays off I guess! xxx

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    May 25, 2010, 11.10 AMby scheryka

    Very nice. The colors are sweet too.

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      May 26, 2010, 12.47 AMby nessys

      Thank you very much! xxx

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    May 25, 2010, 10.52 AMby sewella

    Kirsten is a pattern I love and you’ve managed to incite a new flame for it! I love the fabric you chose for it and the combination is just gorgeous! You’ve done a great job and you look stunning in it! You should be very proud!

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      May 26, 2010, 12.48 AMby nessys

      Thank you so much Sewella my Sweet! Your comment, as always, is lovely and much appreciated xxxxxx

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    May 25, 2010, 06.25 AMby adi1985

    I love your wonderful dress and everything is so perfect about it.

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      May 25, 2010, 06.42 AMby nessys

      Thank you so much! Really appreciate your very kind comments! xxx

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    May 25, 2010, 05.20 AMby lilibellech

    So cute and adorable!! The colors are wonderful and fit you perfect! I am such a fan of the combination of pink and green.

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      May 25, 2010, 06.41 AMby nessys

      Thanks! You are very kind and I agree, pink and green are a match made in heaven! xxx

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    May 25, 2010, 03.45 AMby jukimoosegirl

    sooo darling! I love the fabric and it is made beautifully. It looks great on you, it was worth taking your time- I am jealous of your lovely dress!

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      May 25, 2010, 03.49 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Darl! xxx

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