Sunday, 22 April 2012

i'd like you to stay, want to keep you inside..

dress: handmade
shoes: primark
cardigan: h+m
(not entirely sure where the ridiculous expression came from)
So last weekend I decided enough was enough and I would finally pick up this dress and get it finished - I started cutting it out in January, and left my last sewing lesson (weeeeks ago!) with all the good intentions of having it finished that night, before getting home and letting my goldfish memory flutter onto something else..

It's a lot longer than other dresses I've made in the past, but I like that - I tried it on to decide whether to shorten it but I quite liked the midi length and where it falls with a pair of heels, like these pretty primark ones.

Someone asked me recently if making my own clothes works out more expensive or not, so I thought I would figure out a cost for this one. I got the fabric from Abakhan on a trip to Liverpool a while ago, and 3.5metres cost me £15.75 (4.50/m is good for cotton)- I used most of it because of the skirt being such a circle that it's made from two huge semi-circles, which are about the width of the fabric. Usually I work my pattern-laying out so that I'm as economical as possible with the fabric, whilst still taking into account the grain. Then for this I needed to buy bias binding, which goes around pretty much every edge on this dress, and forms the armholes and the straps, which tie at the top - I ended up with the end of the roll, which was a little more than I'd asked for, but it cost me £3. The pattern itself was a retro Butterick one (B4513) which was also from Abakhan, and I think was about £6, as they always seem to have at least 25% off their patterns.

So, altogether I'd say it cost me £24.95 to make this dress. I'd usually not think twice about spending that much on a dress which took my fancy, so that has to be a good thing, right? I know it's a bit more pricey than buying something from Primark, but I like the fact that I'm not going to run into someone else wearing the exact same thing. What do you think?


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  2. Char it's gorgeous!!!! Wow, well done you!!!! I'd say it's totally worth it! It's unique! A dress with so much material in it is totally worth it! Anyway, a substantial dress in Primark nowadays would probably cost between £16-£20 anyway, and this one has got stacks more material than anything in there!
    Oh and I know that 'ridiculous expression' very well- it's called, "I am going to get the perfect swish in this shot if it's the last thing I do! Must. not. flash. underweear. Come on , swish!!!!" Anyway, not ridiculous, just determined!

  3. the dress is STUNNING, you've made a great job of it and I love the material. I would choose a homemade dress if I was given the choice x

  4. That is fab! I love the length, and love you say the uniqueness is great. I'd love to be able to do what you can! x

  5. It's gorgeous! The length is just lovely and I love the uniqueness of it :) If I could, I soo would! x

  6. The dress looks gorgeous! The print is lovely :) I think it's definitely worth the money, you could easily pay that or more on the high street and like you say it's a one off!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  7. Such a gorgeous dress! Your really are such a talented dressmaker, it's always been my dream to make my own clothes (non profit) and wear something that no one else is wearing xxx