Wednesday, January 08, 2014

First make of 2014: The Alicia Dress!

This dress is inspired by one of my dearest friends, Alicia! (its too bad she lives on the other side of the world).
The Alicia dress - its full of things Alicia loves! Cupcakes, pink and general adorableness. 
I made the pattern from a book called Sew Serendipity - the book has three basic patterns then a whole lot of different ways to alter each. The patterns are a skirt, dress and coat. I made the basic dress pattern and I'm keen to make it again but use some of the alternations in the book. I particularly like the idea of adding a frill at the bottom and a tie around the waist. 

I bought Sew Serendipity whilst I was staying at Alicia's house and she took me to a whole bunch of HUGE shops in the USA. Seriously, shops were just so much bigger than here. We went to the local Barnes and Noble so I could check out the craft/sewing books and I bought Sew Serendipity. That was last April and I've only made something from it now - better late than never.

Here's a close up of the fabric the dress is made of - my friend Conor said it's like a picnic blanket covered in cupcakes.
I decided to wear the dress to my first day of work on Monday - seems like my new tradition is to wear a new made by me garment to the first day of work for the year.
I hope you're all having a good week - its been pretty hard going back to work after nearly two weeks off, but I'm getting back into the swing of things (I think).

15 comments:

flossieft said...

Very cute and i like the 'tradition' of a new dress to return to work in.

Lara Lizard said...

Hi Trees! A super adorable dress, you look sweet as a candy :D I hope you had a great start for 2014 :)
xxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Love this one on you....the print is adorable, but I really like the style. You are so clever, maybe someday soon I'll be able to say I made a dress too! Xx

pastcaring said...

Gorgeous frock, loving that gingham and cupcake print! Hope the return to work isn't proving tooooo painful this week... xxxx

JuanitaTortilla said...

A dress made especially dedicated to a friend? How nice :)
I think we should start this new tradition! Was so pleased with myself for finishing the knitted dress before New Year's Day.
Actually, imagine sewing a dress every month to celebrate the beginning of a new month... That gives us 12 new dresses a year. Uff!

Helga! said...

I love that print, it's adorable!
What a great way to start the working year......ugh, being back at work is most tedious, but O WELL.
XXX

Louise said...

Wow, that's such an amazing dress! I'm in love with the fabric! Go you! xx

alicia said...

YES! i'm so honoured to have such an adorable dress named after me! i love that the pattern was from the book you got here! LOVE IT. LOVE YOU!!! <3 <3 <3 miss youuuuuu! <3

Thera Joyce said...

That dress is fantastic! I love cupcakes. :)

bohemian vanity said...

What a fab dress you made! It looks so pretty and the fabric is just wonderful! xx Tani

Mary Lou said...

oh gosh this dress is really adorable, cupcakes, gingham and all in pink! it could´t be more fabulous!!!
love and kiss,mary

Frocktasia said...

It's so dull and dreich over here, I'm finding it quite hard to get back into the swing of things too. I think you've got best idea though, getting on the the sewing machine & making a fabulous frock is by far the best way to fend off those January blues. It looks lovely on you and I really dig that funky fabric.
Thank you for your comment over on my blog, made me feel very welcome back :)
Hope you are having a fantastic weekend. xXx

Sandra said...

that is just the cutest fabric. I love the dress, it is so sweet and perfect for summer. I have to go back to work tomorrow and .... well I don't think I'm ready - I'm quite enjoying the relaxing holiday vibe.

Wait Until The Sunset said...

The Alicia dress is fabulous! Your friend must be a cool chick!

I agree- shops are soooo much bigger in the USA! xx

acharmofmagpies said...

This is awesome, and so cute! I think my colleagues would draw the line at cupcakes, but I would absolutely wear this!