Friday, October 06, 2006

Two Times

I finished two dresses for Tilly this week, the pattern came from this book (scroll down) and is incredibly simple, the bodice is half lined which worked brilliantly and looks very smart. Tilly is quite tall so I went for the larger size but this made the dress much too wide and I had to mess about quite a bit with alterations, never mind, I'll know next time to stick to the smaller size and just lengthen it.

For some reason I completed messed up the zip on the Amy Butler dress and it took me about 6 attempts to get it right, just not in the zone I think, I made the polka dot dress first and the zip went in perfectly first time. I have ordered some narrow velvet ribbon to trim the dresses which I think will provide the finishing touches. Please excuse the ill-matched tights, I was over ruled by the Mini Diva, she has some firm ideas on fashion already.

I am feeling incredibly thrifty now as the fabric is all from stash bought for pennies at Abakhan Fabrics which means that I get to buy something nice to reward my virtue, excuse me now, I am off to do some virtual shopping.


Anonymous Wendy said...

Beautiful model for beautiful dresses.

Friday, October 06, 2006 4:21:00 pm  
Blogger caroline said...

The dresses are gorgeous and so well modelled. Enjoy your shopping!

Friday, October 06, 2006 5:01:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

Beautiful job! I'm impressed, and wishing my older daughter would wear dresses....

Friday, October 06, 2006 5:03:00 pm  
Anonymous kerrie said...

Oooh, those dresses are just so adorable. Why is my fabric stash so full of cotton fabric that just won't do for an autumn / winter dress?

Friday, October 06, 2006 6:42:00 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

"Virtual shopping" as in "just looking"? Or, as in "buying something REAL online" Hmmm?

The dresses are beautiful indeed. I wonder if anyone would notice Charles is a boy, if I were to make one for him (not that my dress would be as gorgeous as yours, mind).

Friday, October 06, 2006 7:54:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

oh, she's so cute in her dress, tights and wellies! It almost made me long for the day when my daughters were small and I could dress them....those days are long gone! tonight i'm going to watch my eldest daughter be nominated for homecoming queen--time really flies...

Saturday, October 07, 2006 1:39:00 am  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Very cute!

Saturday, October 07, 2006 11:15:00 am  
Anonymous witteringrainbow said...

Um..I'm with your daughter on the tights and think they're just right!

Saturday, October 07, 2006 12:29:00 pm  
Anonymous marjorie said...

The dresses are lovely. I'm imagining a little shrug sweater (knit by you, of course) that would look cute over either dress. Oh yes, and how is the quilt going? Or did you decide on something else?

Saturday, October 07, 2006 4:36:00 pm  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Lovely - Oh I do miss the days spent running up little delights. If I can give you one piece of advice that I wish someone had given me - keep the little dresses, or remnants, for a future quilt. Binky often remarks on the fabrics she remembers from her childhood wardrobe and I would love to be able to give her a quilt made from them - alas I had no foresight!

Saturday, October 07, 2006 4:38:00 pm  
Blogger Midsummer night's knitter said...

ok, so I'm 40. But I want Tilly's dress!

Monday, October 09, 2006 4:45:00 pm  
Blogger Donna said...

Nice to see one of the dresses in the book sewn up and I really love that floral fabric. Off to buy more books? 8-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:48:00 pm  
Blogger Kath said...

Are these all made from Abakhan treasures? Why is it I never seem to find such nice pieces of fabric? They look so lovely made up - I must make some for my little one! And a nice idea to save bits for a quilt in the future.

Friday, October 13, 2006 6:42:00 pm  

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