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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tic Tac Toe Townhouse..

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Dress: Handmade (Gather Kits Mortmain)
I think this is one of my favourite outfits for a while. I mean, it's a dress and a pair of shoes, so hardly an outfit. But I'm pretty pleased with it. 

I was a little worried about making this dress. Because, y'know, I could have just bought the Townhouse print dress from Cath Kidston and know that it would fit, the same as all of my other ones. Instead, I decided that I'd like something a little different, so I waited until the fabric was released and then waited some more until I could get to a store. 

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I decided I wanted longer sleeves, as well as that I would go with the Mortmain pattern. This was mostly down to the fact that the fabric is a lot thicker than the cotton on the original dress (it's furnishing fabric) and it wouldn't gather in the same way as regular cotton. I followed the Mortmain pattern to the letter, until it came to the sleeves, which I didn't put cuffs or buttons on because I don't really like them. 

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Townhouse Print Fabric: Cath Kidston
The fabric was a lot better to work with than expected (I have used CK cotton duck in the past but it was a while ago and I couldn't remember how well or otherwise it worked). A couple of tips if you're thinking of doing the same - being furnishing fabric it's wider than regular dress bolts, so you may need a little less than you'd usually buy, but if you're buying online, you can only by per metre on the website. That's why I waited until I was passing a store to pick up 1.5m, which was still quite a lot more than I needed. 

And, most importantly, I was really glad when I'd finished making the dress that I'd chosen to do that rather than buy the website version.

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Tic Tac Toe sandals: Irregular Choice

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These shoes are a fairly recent addition to my IC collection and were one of those pairs from their AW13 collection which I'd never really expected to buy. However, I was waiting for another eBay auction to end, for a pair of Antonella sandals, and was having a cursory flick through the seller's other items, and it turned out she was also selling these, in the same size. I won them both for the starting bid price and like these a LOT more in person that I'd thought I would. Also, both pairs turned up in absolutely brand new condition, which I'd not been expecting, so I was even more pleased! 

And I figured that they went rather well with the colours in the dress. I also felt really tall in them all day, which was cool. 
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Would you make your own version of a dress you liked? Or would you just buy the original?

22 comments:

  1. make make make always......loving this print.....D x

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    1. I think I'm going to take this mindset even further next year for my best challenge yet.

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  2. Your dress looks gorgeous, Char. The thicker fabric gives the skirt pleats a really nice shape. Definitely worth waiting to make as this dress is entirely tailored to suit you. Although I've only made a few dresses so far I'm already loving having complete control where waistlines and hems sit on me.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I was really pleased with the pleats this fabric makes. I absolutely love the sleeve length as well.

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  3. I'd love to recreate things that I see in stores but my sewing skills just aren't that good!
    I like this outfit, I think the simplicity of the pattern works so well with the fun fabric and the shoes are lovely - what a fortuitous find!

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    1. I know, I was so pleased, and I paid £15 each for the two pairs, which is a bargain because you can still buy these on Lets Buy Shoes, for £49.50 at last check! :)

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  4. Stunning! Those shoes are gorgeous and your dress making skills always amaze me - talented lady! xx

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  5. Lovely dress, it's great to be able to make something so you can tailor it to your preferences.

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    1. I agree. I am so glad they sold this print, as it's the only one I really liked from their AW14 collection.

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  6. Of course I love the fact that you can make a 'couture' version of a dress you liked. So much better!!
    It looks brilliant and with those shoes...that sure does make an outfit!
    Zxx

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    1. Thank you - I thought they probably spoke for themselves so I didn't need any jewellery.

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  7. I love it! It's far lovelier than their version of the townhouse dress, and it looks beautiful on you! It's never occurred to me to buy their fabric to make clothes from, but since I'm a little too big for their clothes, the idea is tempting! xx

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    1. Oh, thank you! Yes, it's a little different but they do sell the fabric in most of their prints, so it's certainly worth considering.

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  8. Love the bright colours of the houses and the pom poms on the shoes. It really is a lovely outfit x

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  9. Pompom shoes! House print dress! This is all kinds of awesome :)

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    1. Thank you - I love it so much!

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