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Topic: it's summer!! (well, nearly)-"Patchwork Dress inspired by Readymade"  (Read 7631 times)
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« on: April 21, 2010 07:14:47 AM »

my daughter is starting to take an interest in her own clothes, and as such hubby and I tell her what we can afford, and she shows us what she likes and we come to an agreement.

she wants this dress from Next.

well. 18 for a dress? I don't think so. I mean I don't even pay that for MY dresses lol!!

so I asked if she's like me to try making something similar, but not exactly the same. she agreed.
now here's the great thing, last weekend my mother gave me a load of small patchworking squares, 1970s polycotton fabric which she'd got for 20p in a charity shop. this one was my fave.

so it kind of sparked the inspiration, along with soph's "NEEED" for the dress from Next.

here's the dress from the store:

And here is my interpretation of it. ok so if I'd been working for minimum wage then the dress itself in labour alone would be worth 30 or so, but what the hell.

the polycotton rectangles, coupled with some other polycottons i'd got stashed about my house, and a crochet belt and straps to echo the Next crochet bodice...


now that pic seems to make it look all squiffy, it's not. i think she moved lol.

I pintucked the bodice too. how cool am I?!

and lined it!! (the bodice, not the skirt)

and finally, an action shot. she loves the dress and even said it's more special because mummy made it awwww!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010 07:54:41 AM »

I like that better than the Next version!
The girl's got taste!
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010 06:46:32 PM »

soo sweet and i absolutely LOVE THE Crochet details  Makes it super sweet

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010 07:28:45 PM »

totally lovely!

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010 01:42:18 AM »

That is too cute, and you are so lucky your daughter loves to wear what you make - so often I see gorgeous stuff on here that the kids don't want to wear because it's not store bought.
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010 05:39:58 AM »

That is so well made - congrats.  Lucky little girl !   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010 06:29:00 AM »

much nicer.

I know what you mean as in UK labour cost v actual garment price. 
BUT you know that the dress is made well and of a good standard and will fit. 
As well as not made in some sweatshop in the India/Far east. 
So it giives you the right to be smug! :-)

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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010 11:17:13 AM »

thank blossom! the whole not knowing where or how it's made thing has kind of made us begin to shy away from places like primark etc, and although next claim to use ethical sourcing etc, how do we really know?!

and i love sewing. and i have time to do it while sophs at school in the mornings and crochet is done in evenings when snuggling on the sofa and watching star trek on v1 every night hahaha!

i am just lucky that soph is so enamoured with the stuff i make that she thinks i'm a genius. i'm really not. 
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010 10:23:57 AM »

Love it! I would LOVE those fabrics! They look older than 1970s though....are you sure they're polycotton and not glazed cotton? The prints on a couple of them look distictly 1940s/50s.....either way they are far cuter than the fabrics in the Next dress and your daughter is a cutie! WIsh I would sew like that.
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010 10:57:31 AM »

I adore thefabrics you have used for this, they are so girl and look so soft I think its great
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