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Tea Party? Garden Party? Covered.

Added Nov 23, 2011

by laikadoll

Melbourne, Austr...






A little while ago I was looking to buy a new dress, and stumbled across a beautiful piece by Bernie Dexter. Seeing as it was sold out with no intention of coming back, I decided I would somehow track down the fabric used and make myself a very happy girl.

Lo and behold! The fabric showed up in the following month’s catalogue for one of the companies that like to send me things in the mail. I had to buy a bolt (a whole bolt! That’s 7 metres and I have heaps left over!) and though I now possessed the print, it was about a year until I figured out what I was going to do with it.

Having found just enough cloud print fabric (though in a slightly off shade of blue, ce la vie) I decided to try out a new pattern I’d bought, Simplicity 3823. The pattern for me was a bit fiddly but came together nicely in the end.

I made a few alterations; shortened the waist, shortened the skirt, and left off the slip. I will definitely be making this dress style again, starting… now!

The first two pictures have a petticoat underneath, the third does not.

More info and pictures on my blog!

Material Notes

Quilting cotton, bias tape, ribbon, 2 × 1/2" buttons




Garment Type

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    Nov 26, 2011, 03.57 PMby tigger0580

    Your dress is beautiful and most of all, the fabric you use and combined together…

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    Nov 25, 2011, 10.36 AMby pambox

    Oh my god I adore that fabric! It’s the stuff dreams are made of. I’m happy to take the spare fabric off your hands!

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      Nov 26, 2011, 10.01 AMby laikadoll

      Haha oh dear! You’re the fourth person to ask, but it’s already gone my dear! It’s by Michael Miller, see if you can track it down!

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      Nov 27, 2011, 08.50 AMby pambox

      that’s all right! i’ll keep my eye out for it, though – it was definitely a great find.

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    Nov 24, 2011, 09.16 PMby gaviccaabri

    Great dress! And it looks pretty good with or without the petticoat.

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    Nov 24, 2011, 09.43 AMby loulourosa

    such a lovely dress, this fabric is amazing!

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    Nov 24, 2011, 07.23 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    that dress and the fabric are so beautiful! this is a wonderful dress!!!

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    Nov 24, 2011, 06.29 AMby peppit

    What a print! I’m jealous.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 09.55 PMby laikadoll

    You are all so kind!! :)

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    Nov 23, 2011, 06.45 PMby julzpat

    Very cute! It looks so great on you.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 05.48 PMby kerstika

    I love it!!!

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    Nov 23, 2011, 05.09 PMby kellyhug

    Cute! I love the print and the fit is really nice!

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    Nov 23, 2011, 05.00 PMby olac

    Awesome choice of fabric! Wish we had stuff like that here…

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    Nov 23, 2011, 04.10 PMby xraffaelax

    this is fantastic, i love it! the print is awesome!!!! beautiful beautiful beautiful…

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