Thursday, 3 November 2011

Granny Smith


I made this dress in a hurry two days before the wedding. I had purchased the fabric and the lace a few months back and ideas for what I could do with it had been brewing in my subconscious for a while. Once a defined idea popped into my head, no pending wedding could hold me down; I had to make it!

The dress is made with green cotton that I purchased from The Fabric Store and trimmed with some lovely delicate white lace which makes the dress, well, pretty! I added the lace around the neckline and arm holes which I top stitched into place, and I also featured it on the pleats at the bottom of the skirt.




You can see echoes of the Tessuti Awards dress in this number, which evidently I haven't yet got out of my system. There are just so many glorious things you can do with pleats! Just like my Tessuti Awards dress I made a long row of pleats, but instead of making five rows on the skirt I kept it simple and sweet with just one row along the hem of the skirt.




I sewed down one long strip of the lace just above the hem of the pleat fabric before I made the pleats. I really like how it turned out! The lace is such a pretty little detail, and the white really works with the green.

From these photos you'll notice two new things that I brought back with me from my honey moon in Hawaii; these gorgeous heels which are my new favourites, and ... wait for it ... a tan! My skin has taken on vampire-like qualities since I was practically an infant and I no longer look like just two eyes balls and hair when I stand in front of a white wall.




This dress is perfect for spring/summer, and the colour makes me think of fresh green granny smith apples! I think this dress is going to get a work out this season!

12 comments:

  1. It's a very lovely dress, Julia! Reminiscent of course of your award-winning linen-and-lace dress, this one's gorgeous.

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  2. @HeleneThanks Helene! I haven't quite got the pleats out of my system yet when there are so many different variations, but it's starting to calm down now!

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  3. @SewingMrsC Thank you, it's such a nice colour green! This is one of the very few items of clothing that I have in any type of green as I always tend to lean towards something else. It's one of those colours that can look a bit boring when you buy it, but really light up when you make something with it. Glad I gave it a try!

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  4. Very cute and fresh - great heels!

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  5. @HandmadeThank you! I'm in love with these shoes at the moment!

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  6. It's gorgeous! Did you use a pattern for the bodice? I love the neckline. Thanks.

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  7. @Samantha Thank you Samantha! I made my own version of an old vogue pattern that I used many moons ago and modified it to draft my own bodice, but it's very similar. Check it out, it's Vogue 9668.

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  8. Hello Julia, Happy EASTER. I have made a dress inspired by this pleats here, i want to get permission to either put a picture of this on my blog. ( the one u inspired me to start :)) or just put a link.

    regards till i hear from you.
    will send you a link once its published

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    1. You are more than welcome to use both! Looking forward to seeing your outfits! Happy Easter to you and your family xxx

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  9. Hi Julia the dresses are ready at http://www.zoeeden.blogspot.co.uk/. one called vintage stylish and the other white & red with black pleats
    thanks for sharing it means a lot.

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