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tropical print new look dress 6966 view c

Added Aug 22, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






This dress and bolero only came about because my friend asked me to make her a flower brooch for a wedding. she wanted brown and cream and picked this fabric from my stash. to be honest i forgot i had this lol but once i saw it again i thought i might as well do something with it. this new look pattern was on the top of my pattern pile as i made the cartoon dress from.it. I never normally do any dress variations from patterns as theres always just one i prefer. I decided to use a different bodice though and it turned out nice i think. i wore it to my nephews 21 st and nieces 13th joint birthday party yesterday and was so comfortable in it x

Material Notes

silky jersey




Garment Type

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    Sep 5, 2013, 03.42 AMby poldapop

    Lovely dress and I love all the photos!

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      Sep 5, 2013, 05.18 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you poldapop, family birthdays and get to.gethers are so much fun x

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    Aug 27, 2013, 05.04 PMby KristinaBerisha

    It is just another great dress. The print is so cool :)

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      Aug 27, 2013, 09.03 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much kristina x

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    Aug 26, 2013, 07.57 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Another great dress Mary! :-D Looking Gorgeous as always!!! :-D I love the fabric and the colors! :-D xo

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      Aug 26, 2013, 09.29 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much lizz, i do like my two pieces. they hide a multitude of sins lol x

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    Aug 24, 2013, 02.05 PMby Super Jeanette

    You are so chic! Both shape and pattern are very elegant!!

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      Aug 24, 2013, 02.30 PMby Mary Athey

      thats a lovely thing to say, thank you very much xx

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    Aug 23, 2013, 04.02 PMby Mbaliyethu

    love this look.Good job, Mary!

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      Aug 23, 2013, 04.35 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for your lovely comment. is’nt it great that we can make things that fit!! my daughters happy i can sew now lol x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 03.06 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    Great outfit Mary. I like your adaptations to the original pattern. I really love your shoes too! x

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      Aug 23, 2013, 03.22 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks sleepy dumpling, i needed something nice but comfortable as the party went on for ages, i’m not complaining as it was brillant lol. I had really gorgeous heels on but they were’nt practical so i swopped with my daughter before she left to take her little one home, i think i’ll pinch them for my holidays lol x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 11.07 AMby carolientje

    looks very nice mary xx

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      Aug 23, 2013, 11.10 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks very much carolientje. it was a great project to do and i do love the neckline x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 10.52 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    You mean all that came about just because of a brooch? Mary you’re amazing as always! and i love how you’re always so smiley in your photos! a perfect complement to your skillzz :)

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      Aug 23, 2013, 10.57 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much, yes my friend did’nt want to pay .£4.99 for a fabric brooch and she knew i made some before so she asked me.I had no brown/ cream scraps so i had to look in the stash and then i rediscovered this fabric. Happy accident!! the fabric suits the style i used so well x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 09.04 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    I’m sure you attracted a common attention at the party – the sample of elegance:-) I like your new set very much: the fabric is so beautiful and the outfit represents different style but it’s still you! Just adorable!

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      Aug 23, 2013, 09.30 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much oksana, i’m going to start my holiday sewing soon. i have to choose carefully though or i’ll end up with to much as always lol x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 08.51 AMby Helguchi

    It’s such a great and stylish dress and it really suits you, Mary. You Look fantastic.

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      Aug 23, 2013, 08.56 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much helguchi, my family and friends have come to expect me to wear one of my creations out every time now lol. i have to admit that i hav’nt bought a dress in 3 years. If i see one i like in a shop i.just copy it.x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 08.39 AMby Winnie Nkosi

    You are really good with sewing hey,love the dress,looks too nice on you….and good fabric choice

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      Aug 23, 2013, 08.54 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much winnie, i love sewing as its a great de stresser and you end up with something nice and useful at the end. I find most fashionable dresses are to short for me so making my own works x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 07.32 AMby bethmaryharley

    How do you always look so happy and relaxed in your photos?! I think it must be because you make such beautiful things and you know they won’t fall apart! Lovely happy fabric – so good you found it again!

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      Aug 23, 2013, 07.49 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much, family parties are always such gun, theres four more coming up in the next couple of months so i best get sewing lol x

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    Aug 23, 2013, 02.08 AMby kisses

    Lovely print…you did a good job and you look fantastic

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      Aug 23, 2013, 07.51 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses, this fabric was in a large plastic box with 6 on top of it all stuffed with fabric, i really do hoard my fabric lol x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 11.39 PMby zsyzu

    I love the fabric and I think it turned out wonderful. In fact, your bolero is inspiring and I think I’m going to make one from some leftover fabric in my own stash.

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      Aug 22, 2013, 11.45 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks zsyzu, i have to admit to loving these boleros. the last three dresses i made all had matching ones. they’re a great way to use up leftover fabric x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 09.48 PMby schnui

    This is such a beautiful outfit Mary and you look wonderful in it. The fabric is gorgeous and I bet it feels great to wear.

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.58 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you schnui, i’m glad i found the fabric ad i forgot how nice it was. it has lycra in it so it’ll kerp its shape well x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 09.26 PMby puffinlove

    It’s funny that you forgot you had this fabric – is that what they call “from deep stash”? It looks like fireworks to me, so you made a lovely celebratory dress, and cute bolero!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.40 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you and yes i’m a terrible hoarder lol. I have boxes and boxes and cupboards full of fabric. I can’t help myself. I just adore fabric . The fabrics got palms and dots on it and is so silky. It drapes well and holds its shape x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 09.22 PMby liliv-1

    Wow! This print is fantastic, I love brown and cream with your haircolor!! This outfit is even more pretty than your previous…to be precise it is one of your best looks! Your photos are also great! Lovely work!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.27 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks liliv, my mum really liked this outfit, its reversable as well. the other sides chocolate brown with the tropical fabric along the bottom. the necklines got little tucks which you can’t really see. its a great pattern and i’m glad i tried another bodice x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 09.09 PMby rita61

    Great dress and colours on you. So nice of your mum. :-) You look like you had a great time at the birthdays.

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.17 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks rita, we always have fun at family get to.gethers and all the kids get up and dance so the atmosphere was amazing x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 08.57 PMby Fantasywriter

    You and the dress look marvelous!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.01 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much fantasywriter thats a lovely thing to say x

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    Aug 22, 2013, 08.46 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Terrific Mary ;) You look fantastic! Both the dress and bolero looks beautiful and suits you so well!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 08.51 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks ellen, i’m going to have to stop making boleros lol. i do like them though. my mum said to me at the party, did i make the outfit? i said yes of course, she then said its lovely, is’nt that nice xx

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.24 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Very nice mum you have ;)! pls say hello to her!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 09.42 PMby Mary Athey

      I will ellen, i always read out the lovely comments to her x

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