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so i made a dress


Talk about throwing myself in at the deep end with sewing!  I loved the cutout sides and cutaway shoulders of this Vogue pattern so decided to give it a go as my first dress made from scratch.  Why not ey?  The sporty/girly style seemed very ‘me’.  Apart from adding the fiddly bias facings around the cutouts, the rest was fairly straightforward.  With about 50 million pins I managed to keep the curved princess seams and edges neat, and I’m pretty proud of the end product!


Yep, those cutouts were a bit of a bugger to sew.  Worth it though!


Pattern is Vogue V8900, with a shorter hemline.





What to make next?  Structured shapes with fitted details always catch my eye but I think it may be good to make something more casual next. Let me know if you have any favourite pattern recommendations.  I’ve only one day left before I’m back at school and the sun is forecast to shine, so hopefully bank holiday shall be spent in the garden mopping up revision. 🙂

lily kate x
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    20th April 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I LOVE seeing everything you make! You are so talented! Keep up the good work! I wish I could make things like that!

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      21st April 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Glad you like it Nichole! I’m sure you could – give it a shot!

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    21st April 2014 at 12:38 am

    You’re so good at this! Would you have any interest in collaborating with me on my line of photo-printed clothing and accessories? I won’t have a sewing machine when I’m in England so I’m kind of screwed in that department unless I find someone who does – was thinking I’d cover the materials and someone could (help me) do the labor, and then we could split the profit on the things that sold. Thoughts?

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      21st April 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Lix! Your line sounds really interesting but I just have way too much on to take on something like that! I’ve only been able to take on these projects because it’s been the holidays and have a crazy exam schedule from now on!

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    21st April 2014 at 8:15 am

    This is STUNNING, Lily! You are so so gorgeous and the dress looks amazing on you <3
    Hope you're well xox

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      21st April 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much Naomi! I’m doing pretty good thanks, getting ready for back to school! How about you?

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    21st April 2014 at 9:12 am

    I love this! The things you make are always so gorgeous! You’re definitely talented 🙂

    Debi x

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      21st April 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Ah thank you Debi! I’m really hoping to develop my sewing skills further!

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    Alice Evans
    21st April 2014 at 9:40 am

    Lily, stop being so damn gorgeous! + This dress is amazing 🙂 x


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      21st April 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Ah stop it Alice, you’re too nice!

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    21st April 2014 at 3:36 pm

    A success, I think. A lot of the elements look like a ton of work! I also say that you should tackle things head on, especially with crafts. It’s really fabulous on you!

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      21st April 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Max! They were quite a bit of work and definitely took longer than expected, but were more awkward than difficult to do. Tackling things head on is the best way in my book!

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    21st April 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This is breathtaking. White is a great colour on you.

    On another note, I noticed that the armscye on the model is slightly closer? Do you think that it’s a result of the particular fabric chosen, or that it’s affected rather by the bust measurement?

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      21st April 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you Abi! I think the armscye is probably different because I made a larger size (to be on the safe side!) and then took it in at the sides quite a bit, which may have affected the overall line 🙂

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    21st April 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh wow Lily, this is gorgeous! And talented! Such an amazing piece, well done you! :*

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      21st April 2014 at 9:12 pm

      thank you so much Carys!

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    21st April 2014 at 11:12 pm

    That’s the first dress you’ve sewn? Wow! Seriously good outcome for a first dress! Well done!

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    Megan C
    22nd April 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Hi lily, just wanted to say I think your beautiful and was wondering if now your single you wouldn’t mind doing a bikini shoot! You’ve got the body for it sweetie!

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    27th April 2014 at 1:44 am

    It looks so great! Well done!

    x Hayley-Eszti | http://www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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      7th May 2014 at 5:24 pm

      thank you Hayley!

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    25th August 2017 at 1:02 pm

    This looks great! I love the shape of it. Is there any chance you still have the pattern and I could borrow/buy it? I was trying to get it somewhere but impossible to find 🙁

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