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Lovebirds bombshell dress

Added May 1, 2016

by Lindsay Hodgson

Kigali, Rwanda






I have the Gertie Craftsy course for this and tried making it 2 years ago. However, I was never able to get the bodice to fit me correctly. Fast forward a few years and I still had the exact fabric and idea in my head of what I wanted so I tried again. The sewing gods must have been in a good mood as it all went fine this time. The fabric is African wax kitenge and so has mad birds and yoyos on it! It made for some interesting pattern matching (the last pic is actually ‘hiding’ all the bodice pieces that I had cut out and put on the fabric to check it matched!. I have hand finished it in a vintage / couture way and it has the zipper guard and waist stay (with vintage clasp) and most hems are also hand finished in a contrasting ribbon. Used Rigeline boning with caps. I think the inside is almost as pretty as the outside and you could almost wear it as a reversible even if I say so myself! I changed the skirt to another draped one of Gertie’s (mainly as I needed to be economical with the fabric and for the pattern matching etc. Very, very pleased with this.

Material Notes

Cotton African Wax Kitenge




Garment Type

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    Jun 3, 2016, 04.12 PMby nrobson

    a real stunner, love this a lot! =D

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      Jun 3, 2016, 09.23 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Nadia! I love this dress too!

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    May 4, 2016, 05.10 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Beautiful dress, impressive fabric!!!

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      May 4, 2016, 07.15 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks! And yes this fabric is very pretty!

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    May 3, 2016, 04.10 PMby chula123

    Great dress! you look fabulous in this. maybe one day I dare to do this myself, cos like you, I liked it since the minute I saw it first. love your fabric too!

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      May 3, 2016, 05.55 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thank you. And you should definitely make this! I think it is a beautiful dress and very stylish. You could make a more simple version too be not adding all the vintage bits (although I like those too and didn’t mind spending more time). Actually, the second time I tried it ended up being a fairly quick process. I was getting myself in a muddle at first as I didn’t know how to make fitting adjustments but I am a bit more experienced now! Good luck!

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    May 3, 2016, 03.12 AMby izbott

    It’s a sensational dress & you look amazing!

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    May 2, 2016, 09.10 PMby sixteenstitches

    Wow gorgeous! Love the fabric, suits the dress amazingly.

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      May 3, 2016, 11.18 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thank you! And yes – I saved this fabric particularly for this dress even though I had struggled to make the muslin the first time around! Thanks again :)

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    May 2, 2016, 02.37 PMby liliv-1

    You rock this!

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      May 2, 2016, 04.17 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thank you :D !! It has been a long time in the making. x

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    May 2, 2016, 05.46 AMby Maria Hayek

    Gorgeous dress! I love the fabric you used :)

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      May 2, 2016, 09.00 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Maria. I think this is my favourite fabric ever. Even though I have around 4 metres left I am still worrying for when it will be finished! :)

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    May 1, 2016, 11.16 PMby MissJsews

    Dear Lindsay, you look fantastic and I really like your shoes.

    This is a great pattern and you picture shows why its worth taking the time and effort to make this pattern.

    Wax print is the best and I took intend to make one in wax print. The pattern matching is going to be painful, but your end product is a good example of why it’s worth doing. J.

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      May 2, 2016, 08.59 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thank you! I am glad I perservered in the end! I absolutely love wax prints and have so many ideas stored in my head that I just need time to execute them all now! It is SO cheap here too (like 15-20 USD for 6 yards!). The pattern matching was tough mind you and I felt so bad (as normally I scrimp and save on the fabric!!). But I know I can make things out of the rest of the scraps as they are so large. But you are so right about taking the time….just like you said, when I did up the waist stay I was like ‘yes it was worth it’!!

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    May 1, 2016, 10.56 PMby alice9163


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    May 1, 2016, 04.52 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress fabric and fit. This looks Fab on you x

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      May 1, 2016, 04.57 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

      Thanks Mary. I dreamed of this dress when I first started 2 years ago! In fact – you can see from my profile pic that I had the fabric even then! Eventually I got it to work :) x

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    May 1, 2016, 03.58 PMby Michelle Bryer


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    May 1, 2016, 03.42 PMby gtangel

    gorgeous pattern and style..love it

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