Done! Lily Dress

 

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As I’m sure you can ascertain from my Riviera-style tan in the photos, I made this dress during the summer.

The dress is the Lily dress by Colette Patterns.

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The fabric is part of my haul from Goldhawk Road in April.  It is in fact the same fabric type as the triangle-print dress I wrote about recently. Or…. in August… not that recently! I love the big print on the fabric, I didn’t bother doing any pattern matching – I quite enjoy all the clashing bits and pieces of print. I got the whole dress out of 1.5m. It was a bit of a jigsaw effort as you can see below.

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Look how much was left! Yep, I’m a loser who loves fabric efficiency!

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The pattern was a joy to sew up. I particularly like the pockets. Pocket close up:

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The one comment I’d make about the pattern is that I found it very big fitting. I made up a US 12 which I figured was a UK 14 but I had to take it in a lot (losing a bit of the fold over neckline detail at the back) and even then the finished dress is a bit loose under the arms. I’d definitely go a size down next time, particularly when the fabric has a bit of stretch. I know… I should have checked the finished garment measurements before hand – coulda woulda shoulda!

All that aside, I reeeeeally like it! I wore it a lot during the summer. The loose-ish fit is good in terms of wearing it in very hot weather (Spain, not Ireland, don’t be crazy) but it’s still jazzy enough for a night out.

We took some photos out the back to try and vary from the usual incredibly messy apartment backdrop and for a bit of natural light… I managed to pull some sort of goofy face in every one. Sigh.

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And finally, a photo of it being worn in the wild on holidays. Quelle surprise, another goofy-looking photo. I’m completely not putting this one in because I appear vaguely brown. Not at all.

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The nitty-gritty

Pattern: Lily by Colette Patterns

Fabric: Floral print stretch cotton from Goldhawk Rd (approx £8/m)

Cool dress on Rachel sitting next to me in last photo: Warehouse. I have since bought it, Single White Female style

 

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