Friday, August 2, 2013

I made a dress, a kitchen linen dress!

The days routine is changing around here. Percy is getting older, busier and tired earlier in the day. It means that nights can't be spent out and about, but instead home, as he now has a bedtime. This isn't all bad, but last week, It got to me a little. I realised this is where we were at. We had to leave dinner with friends earlier than hoped, and it felt strange coming home, not ready for bed. I decided to use that night, to make myself another dress, and this one was made with a very pretty tablecloth. I've used kitchen linens before to make clothes, like this skirt. This dress started off just as another skirt, but I was loving using my new sewing machine (yep, I lashed out and upgraded), that I decided to make it a dress. Here are some funny photos, hopefully you can see how the dress looks. It's a simple elastic waste, which I don't mind wearing anymore (gone are the awkward teenage days of hating elastic waisted anything), but I do love belts, so it works well with a belt too!

 
 
 
I added lace around the neckline so I didn't have to worry too much about neat edges and made it breast feeding friendly by adding buttons on the inside of the dress so the straps can come loose and I can lower the front down.
 
I look like my dad in this pic. You have no idea what he looks like, so I did not need to tell you but why not!
 
Im very pleased with this dress. And Im LOVING how easy it it to sew on my new machine so who knows, I might start making dresses every night! If you'd like to see another handmade dress, check out Zara's new Vintage Sheet Dress. It's very pretty, and she used vintage bed sheets.
 
Happy friday to you all, and see you soon!
 
xx

29 comments:

  1. Its gorgeous! Love the fabric!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thankyou! I love it too, and so glad Ive made something that shows the pretty colours!

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  2. I love love love it!

    Maybe we can come hang out at your place for some quiet craft one night soon.

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  3. looks awesome! hope you dont mind me 'pinning' this for future sewing inspiration :)

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    1. Go ahead! How exciting to be 'pinned'! Do tell me if you make something similar!

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  4. Ohh thank you for the mention Taz.
    You look lovely in your new dress. I have a couple of tablecloths that I should convert to clothes too. x

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    1. Yes, Im on th hunt now for tablecloths more so than fabric for skirts and dresses!

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  5. WOW! That is amazing! Awesome use for a tablecloth. They always feel too nice to mess up with our food!

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    1. I agree, although I think this one has some faint stains from the former owners!

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  6. Oh! Amazing dress and whole outfit! LOVE :)

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  7. I love it to bits! You are so talented. I really want to try making a dress more than ever now. Did you use a pattern? I'm often put off as there's nothing breast feeding friendly but your button idea is fab! Very inspirational.

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    1. Thanks Suki! Try make one, it was easier than I thought! I didnt use a pattern. I just had a look at some simple dresses and skirts I own and went from there. Ive also made a button open one for BF, but I find the strap idea easier to make. Go for it, and let me know when you do!

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement, I will!!

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  8. well done you! and I love that it's breastfeeding friendly! go you!

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  9. that's such a pretty pattern and it looks like it was meant to be a dress!

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    1. I LOVE the pattern on this tablecloth too!

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  10. I love this pretty dress.. and great pics, did pete take them!!!??

    maybe you could wear it to the pom pom party!!!! ??

    mezz x

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    1. Hi Mezz, yes pete took them. Im so excited for your party. Im either gonna wear this or my other handmade dress, but part of me wants to make a new one now, for the occasion! xx

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  11. What a gorgeous frock you made, I love it! Thanks for popping over to my blog to leave a message. I too love finding other South African's around. I believe there are quite a few in Oz. How long have you been there and do you like it? Your blog looks like a lovely little place to spend some time, so I will be back xoxo

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  12. Love the dress! It's beautiful!
    And I love Percy's appearance in the photos!

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  13. visiting you via Sunshinex3. This is awesome. Love it.

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  14. oh that is so lovely! I can't believe how well you made the pattern fit the dress... And what a great idea with the button straps!

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  15. That is beautiful! That table linen has coverted so well into a dress :)) Great idea to make it breastfeeding friendly too :)

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