Friday, 3 August 2012

D.I.Y Dress

























Over the summer, I wanted to make myself a dress. I'd made dresses before for school, but I really wanted to make a quick and casual day dress that didn't require any market research and initial designs and so, and after putting it off for so long, I came across a DIY post on someone's blog and it was the motivation I needed. I spent way too long in the fabric shop debating over which fabrics to choose, but I settled for something cheap and simple just in case the dress didn't work out.


Making the actual dress, I followed the tutorial by The Pineneedle Collective who used simple steps that were easy to follow. I bought a pattern for the top half of the dress but I followed Annika's equations for the skirt (which I messed up a little).




This photo explains the basics of the skirt, unfortunately the material I bought wasn't very long width-ways so I ended up with quite a short skirt. Also, hemming anything curved is such a pain!
I like to wear a belt with my dress because the seam doesn't quite sit on my waist, and I also prefer it with a belt anyway. With the leftover red fabric I made a matching detachable collar.





















































Sunglasses - Accessorize
Hat - Ebay (H&M)
Belt - Primark
Ring - Ebay
Socks - (little sister)
Shoes - Clarks (birthday present from friends)

43 comments:

  1. It looks really great, i'm gonna try making my own and try a few things out for my daughter too.

    http://ilovesixpence.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. you are absolutely adorable, girl! really wishing i could pull off the sock and heel vibe. you are doing it flawlessly ;)
    xo TJ

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  3. oh wow this dress looks perfect <3
    i love your blog!! i just followed you. hope you can visit me :)
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you very much, and absolutely! :) xx

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  4. such a brilliant idea, youre so talented! it looks like you picked it up straight from the high street! its gorgeous xxx

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  5. Woooo! I love it! So happy to have in part inspired this. I really love the fabrics you chose and I think the skirt is definitely an okay length! Curved hems though - so annoying. I really haven't mastered it myself, but I just try and not worry if it looks a little dodgy, because it gets the job done.
    xxx

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    1. Thank you, I suppose being short means I can wear shorter skirts :) Same, my curved hemming wasn't brilliant, but I'm the only one who'll wear my dress so I don't really mind if it's a bit messy.
      xxx

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  6. Nice blog ;)
    I follow you, can you follow me back? http://fashion-by-anita.blogspot.com/

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  7. Oh wow what a really cute dress! Great idea that you have had..

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/prettylittletitch

    http://www.prettylittletitch.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for following me, I'm following back :) x

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  8. I just discovered your blog and I absolutely adore it! Your sense of style is the epitome of perfection! I look forward to seeing your future posts- have a lovely day :) xxx

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  9. I recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! I love the layout to the content and everything in between! Your style is just impeccable and your blog is simply the epitome of perfection! That dress is really so impressive, are you a fashion designer? That dress looks super professional! I really want to get into DIY-ing clothing, but I can't sew to save my life at all! :( I am your newest, most avid follower, I look forward to reading your future posts. I would love it if you could perhaps follow me back too? Have a lovely day!

    Love from, MISSIFFA

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    1. Hello there, and thank you!! :D Haha my blog has been called that twice today, lucky me. Umm I study Design Technology at A Level but I prefer the textiles side of it, so yah you could say I'm a fashion designer :P Aww thanks, I haven't got the hang of lining just yet so the inside of the dress is terribly messy.
      Thanks for following, and I'm following you back :)
      xxx

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  10. Great job with the dress the collar part is adorable :)

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  11. You did such a great job!

    http://riley-ellise.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Cute dress! I'd love to make dress by myself but I cannot ;( It has really nice collar!!

    Would tou like to follow me? ;)
    xx

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  13. such a good dye and the skirt looks so cute! <3 like your outfit :)
    find your blog very interesting and good <3 now im a new follower.
    would you like to follow me back?

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  14. It's a really cute dress, I love :D

    xoxo

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  15. Wow! You are soooo beautiful, pretty lady!! Amazing dress! :)

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  16. Amazing post!!!! Great pics!!!!!!!!

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.com.es/

    xoxo

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  17. So creative! I wish I had your talent!
    I'm loving your blog, let's follow each other? I'm already following you! Kisses and have a great week!

    http://oblogdocolibriesverdeado.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Thank you very much, and I'm now following you :) xx

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS! How amazing is your little dress?? It looks like it would have cost a fortune, wish I was as talented!! :) xo

    www.theclothesmaiden.com

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  19. Amazing outfit, you're so talented! :) x

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  20. Hi sweet lady! IN LOVE with this awesome dress you made! Holy wow! I found your blog via Wonder Forest and am SO GLAD that I did! I'm your newest follower! PS love your header!!!

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I'm now following you too, and I'm glad you like my header, it took forever to make! :)
      xxx

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  21. that is adorable! and i love the collar you put on it! great job :)
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

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    1. Thank you Dana! I love your blog :)
      xx

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  22. Aw the dress looks gorgeous, you are very clever to have made that yourself!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  23. This is amazing! I'm inspired, going to give this ago myself,mlooks beautiful on you! Fab blog, really enjoy reading!

    Katie. X x x
    Autumn-Russell.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. oh my goodness..this is amazing! fantastic job, lovely! adore your blog! have a wonderful time on vacation xx

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  25. That dress is AMAZING! Soo inspirational! :) x

    I'm currently holding a Giveaway on my Blog, it's Festival Inspired :) xx

    www.ohabbiee.blogspot.com

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  26. aw well done it turned out great and looks fantastic on you, i LOVE LOVE LOVE The shoes!! the key ring is kinda cool too :-)

    Missy

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  27. oh gosh, it's so pretty i could die! O.O just came across your blog and i must admit i admire your creativity, you are true inspiration to me.
    you have the new follower! :)

    Stop Whispering

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  28. Just found your blog and I am loving your style! this outfir look great! you did such an amazing job there!!
    Happy to be your newest follower!! xx
    pls, turn the word verification off, it's a real pain.
    Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

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