Fairytale/Tea Party Dress!

A ‘sweet and innocent’ dress made from an upcycled cotton duvet cover!

This was inspired by lots of 50s style dresses i’ve seen around recently, and to me looks like something out of a fairytale or something you should wear to ‘afternoon tea’! The panels in white and green were cut from the two sides of the bedlinen. The top is lined for modesty and comfort, and i really like the wide halterneck straps. I based the pattern on a 50s style dress i’ve had for a while, but made the skirt longer and the sizing overall a bit bigger (a bit too big to be honest, it’s come out a couple of sizes too big as i was expecting the shirring on the back to pull it in more!)

Still, i do like it, and will look out for bolder fabric to make more in the same design!

Summery Skirts

Maybe a little prematurely, i’ve been picking through my stash digging out bits of fabric and old clothing to make a few summery skirts (despite it still being rather chilly in the English North!)

This elasticated waist hi-lo skirt was originally a very straight and shapeless wrap-around skirt, but i liked the print – makes me think of a tropical beach!

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And this one was just a plain piece of fabric i’d inherited from a friend (no before pic sorry, but i’m sure you imagine a big piece of fabric!) and became a similar skirt, with a scrappy flower pin that i can wear on the skirt or use to help co-ordinate a jacket or top.

 

This last was a lovely lightweight fabric i picked up in a charity shop, just a massive bundle of the stuff – i’ve still got lots left – and i knew immediately what i wanted to do with at least some of it.

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Another elastic waist skirt, this time in the form of a squared-circle-skirt! All the fullness of the circle, but with the interesting pointy bits of the square :) All i did was cut 2 squares from the mass of fabric, hem the straight edges, place them together with the corners offset, cut a too-large circle from the centre and sew around the circle-within-the-square (if that makes sense!), first with ‘right’ sides together, then turned ‘wrong’ sides together and stitched around the circle a couple of centimetres in to make my elastic casing. Threaded the elastic through, sewed up the gap and voila! At some point i may make a longer version with a zippered waist, but for this one i wanted an easy make with no zips or measuring, and was happy for the finished product to be short and sweet!