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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

La Vie En Rose..

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Dress: Rosegal
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GLOW Heels: Topshop
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Jacket: F+F
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One of the most frustrating (but not really) things about having talented sewing friends is that sometimes they make things which you really, really want to add to your wardrobe, but of course you can't.

When Roisin made herself the Nana dress, inspired by a Bernie Dexter beauty, I totally fell for it. However, after buying one Bernie Dexter dress before Xmas, I wasn't overly impressed with the quality for the price (they seem to retail for about £120 if you can get one in this country!) so I was definitely sure I would prefer to make one than buy the Parisian Cafe dress. So much so that I'd got the Michael Miller Paris Ville fabric bookmarked and was in the process of looking for a pattern which would suit it, and then sort of...forgot about it for a little while (I do this often).

Fast forward a few weeks and I'm sent a link to a website I'd not heard of, and lo and behold there is the almost-exact-same dress on there. For what works out to be about £30, after a first-order discount. I ummed and ahhed because there was only a size L available. However, thinking about it a little longer, I decided that since I wouldn't be able to buy the fabric for £30, let alone the pattern as well, this would be a good deal even with the fact that I'd have to alter it.

It arrived rather quickly, really and although I've altered it, I probably need to take the bodice in a little more. Hence the jacket, which is something I picked up in the sale in F+F a while back, drawn to the mix of colour in the fabric and the asymmetric zip.

Having been neglected for a while after I'd bought them, these Topshop Glow heels have seen a lot of wear, lately. I ought to give another pair a chance, now.

Sewing update: another dress finished last night, which makes a total of 8 for me this year (and one for Little Sis, which I forgot to photograph). I'll just count my own, though.

What are your thoughts on cheaper versions of something? Would you still have made your own if you'd found something which would work out cheaper to buy?

19 comments:

  1. Ooh good question. I suppose it would depend on how pricey the fabric was and how much I had my heart set on a particular shape. In an ideal world, if there wasn't much in it and I wanted it in a specific pattern then I'd probably have a crack at making it myself. In real life, as I'm lazy and inept at sewing, I'd just buy the readymade one!

    It looks flipping lovely btw!

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    1. Thanks - I need to work a little more on taking the bodice in so that I can wear it without worrying about it being too big there. I wouldn't have bought the BD version, as even at MM prices, the fabric would have worked out cheaper - about £12/m and then whatever a pattern cost me..

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  2. Wow, nice one, Char! I wish I could alter clothes because it would make life so much easier. If I had the skills I'd love to make my own clothes, but if I found just about the same thing for cheaper online (and I knew the quality would match what I made myself, of course) then I'd probably buy it readymade. If it was going to be of a lesser quality I'd probably rather make my own and have it slightly unique xxx

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    1. I think this is a cheap copy version of the BD dress. Roisin had a look at it and says it's definitely not the same fabric, but a copy of it - you can see the differences when you compare it to hers. I don't mind that, though and I have quite a few other projects to keep me busy. I'm quite glad I bought this one.

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  3. As I can't sew, I have to buy things but even if I could, the cheaper deal would always win out!

    Maria xxx

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    1. That's what I thought in the end, tbh. I could have bought the fabric for £12/m and that would have been more than I paid for this. Plus making it, buying a pattern etc.

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  4. Ooh, that dress is gorgeous! I've seen a couple of things I quite fancy at Rosegal, but wasn't sure what the quality/shipping etc would be like. Might have to give them a go now that I've seen this!

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    1. It's obviously cheaper quality, but I was really surprised with how quickly the dress arrived, considering it was the economy free shipping from overseas..

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  5. On a completely unrelated note: I love your bike! :)

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  6. I don't sew (yet) but I do knit and crochet things even though I can buy them more cheaply. I enjoy making them though so that's the difference. I could grow vegetables more cheaply than buying them but gardening isn't my thing.

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    1. My allotment doesn't work out cheaper when I consider how much I actually get from it each year - I wish I was a better gardener.

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  7. I can't sew by myself so at the mo, I'd have to buy. But it would entirely depend on the timescale. I made my mum a denim maxi skirt for Christmas 8 years ago which took 22 hours! I could have bought one and saved a lot of bother for me and my mum's friend who supervised me!! X

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    1. Although there are still a few things which I need to improve upon, I am getting quicker with my dressmaking, so I should be able to make something which is new to me over the course of a week, I guess. I am lucky because if I get stuck with something, I have someone who is happy to help me out and show me how to do things. She's very patient!

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    1. Thank you, I was so pleased when I found them in the sale. I'd never seen them before - £10 bargain!

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  9. That dress is a beaut! I would rather make my clothes for a custom fit but lack the time/patience most of the time! xx

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  10. I love that dress that Roisin made! I'm a sewer, so making my own version is my preference. I often have trouble fitting RTW sizing.

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  11. I love the dress. The print is amazing! It's great that you managed to find it for so much less than the Bernie Dexter one. I wish I had the skills to make my own clothes; perhaps one day I'll get round to learning. My Mum's really good at making clothes, but I think the skill skipped a generation with me! If I was able to do so, I might make my own version of something, if it worked out cheaper or I could source better quality fabric for the same price as a shop bought one.I guess it comes down to time and whether you can manage / be bothered to do a little extra work! xx

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  12. I would! I'm not spending that much money for a dress so if there's a similar pattern available i would make my own. The fabric is super lovely! xx

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