|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.
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.
|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.
|Tic Tac Toe sandals: Irregular Choice|
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.