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UFrOcktober take 1 - the parrot dress

Added Oct 18, 2013

by rachp

Halifax, United ...






Earlier this year I became obsessed with finding a bird print fabric, so when I received a gift certificate for the Fabric Godmother I immediately looked at their animal print fabrics to see if there was anything suitable. This particular fabric caught my eye – how could it not? It is the very definition of “eye-catching”. However, I could not decide if it would just be too busy for me, but eventually – after much deliberation I went ahead and purchased some.
I’d always wanted the bird print for a long sleeved Elisalex, so that is what I made. I took a bit off the sides of the skirt and I used a 22" invisible zipper instead of the full length exposed zipper in the instructions, but aside from that I just followed the pattern and made it in a straight up size 16/12. I love this pattern. I find it goes together really easily, and the results are always classy (well, as classy as you can be when you’re covered in parrots!)

You can see more pics and read more ramblings over at my blog




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    Oct 19, 2013, 10.52 PMby Lexicon

    Parrots are very classy! – Love the pairing of this fabric with the dress- it’s such a great fit as well.

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.50 AMby rachp

      Haha – thank you. Yes, when I think sophistication the first thing that comes to mind is always parrots!

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    Oct 19, 2013, 04.16 PMby frularsson

    Lovely dress and what a great fit!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.50 AMby rachp

      Thank you – I actually wore it for a night out this weekend and it is very comfortable!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 08.37 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous dress and the fabric is really cool ;-)

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.52 AMby rachp

      Thank you – I am (I think like many home dressmakers) drawn to jazzy prints although I usually wear much plainer clothes day to day… I really must make some good basics soon!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 10.03 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s right, we always need basic garments, but I think the most fun with sewing your own wardrobe is to make special and unique things :-)

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    Oct 18, 2013, 05.28 PMby Kocotte

    great fabric, great dress, it suits you so well

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.52 AMby rachp

      Thank you – I would never have picked a dress this shape in RTW clothes, but I do love this pattern!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 01.21 PMby liliv-1

    Very pretty dress, I really love this pattern and every dress made of it! Yours is so nice and your fabric is great!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.54 AMby rachp

      Oh I know – there are so many great Elisalex dresses out there – I want to try one with a skirt variation next, I think

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