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Thursday, 14 May 2015

#SimplicityBloggerChallenge

I'll start by pointing out that anyone who knows me knows that I would never usually choose to make a shift dress. So I guess we all know where this is going.

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Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 6145)

But, when I saw that Simplicity were running a blogger competition, where they'd send you a pattern to try out, I couldn't resist a little look. The dress pattern for the dress category was a shift dress: Simplicity 6145, to be exact.
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I almost dismissed the idea, but then I remembered this fabric, which I bought last summer from Goldhawk Road.

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Shoes: New Look
I hadn't had anything special in mind for it, but also knew that due to the thickness of it, I couldn't make one of my usual full-skirted numbers. Maybe a shift dress would be the perfect use for it. So, I signed up.

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Handbag: Vintage
The process of putting the dress together was pretty simple. Literally just a couple of pieces to trace and cut out. However, being a shift dress, and being made up of full-length pieces, I had to go with the size which would fit my (massive) hips, meaning I needed to do a little bit of fiddling to the darts at the top, as I'm much larger on the bottom half than the top. I still think they could do to be taken in a little more.

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Fur Coat: Topshop


To style it up, I went with a fairly plain pair of heels (OK, so only in my world are gold glitter plain and neutral shoes, but hey ho), a dark green fur jacket and a beaded collar necklace. Also this bag, which I picked up from a charity shop a few years ago and absolutely love.

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I'm not sure this is the most flattering dress I've ever worn, but I like the fabric and the pattern was a cinch.

Did you take part in the #SimplicityBloggerChallenge? If so, leave a link - I'd love to see what you made. 

18 comments:

  1. I think it looks really nice on you and the way you've styled it. It's definitely more grown-up styling but it is different and thus special. From the looks of it you've got similar-sized hips to me and I don't find mine massive. In comparison to my small top half, yes, but in the grand scheme of things, not so! X

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    1. Sadly, in proportion to the rest of me, they're far too big. I can't seem to find anything at the gym which is helping them, either.

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  2. Did I lose my comment? Oh well, I just added that I don't think your hips look big but I can understand the feeling as I often feel like that about mine. X

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  3. It's a gorgeous dress, and you look lovely in it! x

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    1. Aw, thank you. I'm not sure I'm confident enough.

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  4. That fabric is so cool Char, you look amazing! Those gold heels are brilliant too. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you - they're a fallback pair of shoes as they always give me a little extra height!

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  5. Ah, I just posted a comment but then I clicked away from the page and I don't think it loaded, whoops! I love the fabric you used, and you look amazing in it Char. Those gold heels are brilliant too. - Tasha

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  6. That is the most amazing fabric, the dress looks amazing on you as well!

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  7. Best use of that fabric! I made the dress and had to grade the hip too. I thought it would need a knit fabric but it was ok in cotton. I wouldn't normally wear florals but i think the shape gives it a fun 60s look. http://renatalaurarf.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/simplicity-6145-tulips-kate-dress.html

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    1. I really like your 60s frock!

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  8. Love this dress on you; shift dresses really suit you! And for the record, your hips aren't massive at all! xx

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  9. I love the fabric. I used to make fitted shift dresses all the time as a teenager, I found a few recently and the waists were ridiculously tiny (!) such an easy and quick style to make up though. Your hips are not massive Char! x

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    1. Oh, thank you, but they really are :( In comparison to the rest of me, positively ridiculous.

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