Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Horsing about dress

Last week I was supposed to do a "Sew-a-long" with Meg, but that didn't turn out, due to all my lady problems. Over the weekend I felt like making something - but I wasn't quite up to sewing my "Chloe Dress" (I have now started it - yah!).

So instead I made the super simple "date dress" from Simple and Chic Sewing - the date dress is actually the dress on the cover of the book. It's basically two rectangles sewn together - with a bit of casing along the top. I found the casing to be a little lose, so I added some elastic to keep it firm.

If you've been following my blog for a while - you'll know how much I LOVE a good novelty print. I decided to use this horse fabric I bought at the last fabric-a-brac in Wellington.
When this dress was finished - it had pretty much no shape, but I kind of knew that would happen. Given that it's made up of two rectangles. The dress pattern includes a sash for shape, but I decided not to make it as I already have a whole bunch of belts in my wardrobe (I wear a belt pretty much every day).

I decided to wear the dress with a cardi over top - it's may be spring, but its still pretty cool. Also the cardi helps to tone done the extreme horsey print. I added the white belt for a bit more definition.
Oh dear - I have red eyes in the photo like a crazy lady! Here's what the final dress looked like. I'm still not convinced that I like it - but I was having a bit of a bleh day on Monday - so perhaps its just a case of bad day, bad photo. What do you all think?
Next stop - the Chloe dress! I hope you've all had a great start to the week, I've just gotten back from the gym. It's time for a quick shower then I'm off to a quiz night. Wish me luck!

12 comments:

Camelia Crinoline said...

I think it looks great and I love the fabric, being another novelty print fan. I like it with the cardigan and belt over the top.

Stacey said...

I'm quite fond of that horse-print fabric! I really like the dress in this ensemble as well - everything seems to balance the print really nicely. :)

Misfits Vintage said...

Horse dress is FABULARSE!!! I would wear it with red belt and cardi - and a hair flower of course! Sarah xxx

Meghan Edge said...

jealous of your horse fabric!! I kind of wish I were making a Chloe out of horse fabric, instead of floral girly prints. ;-)

OMG.... I just remembered my horse lisette. As soon as I finish sewing it, I'll tag you on facebook.

cb said...

The dress turned out great and the print is so great. Cant wait to see the chloe dress. Hope you had fun at quiz night, i need to do more of those, they are so much fun!
Xo,cb

Clara Turbay said...

Perfect lines and style.

pastcaring said...

I think it looks great! A belt can always be relied on to add some definition if the dress needs it. xx

Vix said...

That is one hell of a frock and you are rocking it beautifully!
Hope you feel much better now! xxx

Helga! said...

SQUEE! Have just caught up, and to my delight you have bigger pix so I can admire you more closely!!HURRAH! Loving this horsey print, I reckon a nice simple frock is just the ticket for such an awesomely insane print!The colurs are divine....you're working it beautifully!
Quiz night?! FUN! Hope you murdered your opponents.
XXXXXXXXXXX

CityScape Skybaby said...

Hi, I'm not sure if I've commented on your blog before but I have been enjoying your posts. I love the horsey material and the dress you made with it, you probably were just having a blah day because the photos look great. xx

alicia said...

we need to wear our neigh neigh dresses together when you visit! <3

wait until the sunset said...

my goodness you are so talented! At school we did sewing and I absolutely bombed at it. I stuffed up the pillow case- seriously. siiigghhhh