Monday, 29 June 2015

Picnic Blanket Dress... and a new coat!

Hey everyone, how are we today? I hope you are super awesome, as I was while taking these photos.

As soon as I saw this checked fabric in Lincraft, I knew it was perfect for a dress! A nice big check is always good. However, I straight away started to worry about the effect of having the white and black nearest to my face. The easy answer? Black edging!


The pattern is New Look 6208, I made View D. I figured as much as I love the bows, I thought they would be overkill, and I was right. To avoid having to pattern match, I turned the waistband on the bias instead, which worked a treat - I'll definitely do that again. As I mentioned before, I used black edging around the neckline and armholes. To avoid any awkward moments (I was worried the white was a little sheer), I lined the bodice with white cotton lawn, and the skirt with white Bemsilk. Lining dresses is awesome, you guys. I have vowed to do it all the time (well, almost, anyway), because it's so much nicer in all seasons. But especially now, it doesn't stick to my stockings!

(I can't remember whether this photo was before or after 
I dropped my credit card into the Parramatta River...)

I'm super happy with this dress. At the moment, I'm wearing it with a singlet underneath as it keeps the bare skin warmer and doesn't look terrible underneath (it is winter, but it's still close to 20 degrees, so I can definitely wear it with a cardigan!). It feels like I'm wearing a picnic blanket, but in the best way possible (that's legit, right?), and I have so many other plans for various colour checked dresses (including one I'm going to make soon which I'm picturing as red and white mixed size check)


As you can see, it even looks especially awesome underneath my new coat (which I didn't make, unfortunately). I've been after a new coat for a while, and knew I wanted a larger skirted silhouette to go over my dresses. This is from Review, and I adore it. It's super flattering, warm, and I feel so pretty in it! More coat pictures ahead, because I love it so.


The only problem I've had so far, is that I feel like it's too dressy for work, so I haven't worn it nearly as much as I'd like to! I'm on a mission to get it into my daily wardrobe more...


I would say this was my favourite dress, but I seem to be saying that with every new dress I make. I think that's good. That is good, right?

Do you have a favourite piece in your wardrobe at the moment?

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